Drug arrest includes child cruelty charges

by Wes Mayer

A woman with five unrestrained children in her vehicle was charged with dealing marijuana following a traffic stop by a Newnan Police officer Saturday.

Around 10:45 p.m., Officer Nathan McNamara was patrolling the area of Newnan Crossing Boulevard and Bullsboro Drive when he noticed a Chevrolet Impala without any tag lights. According to McNamara, he performed a traffic stop on the vehicle, and when he approached the driver, he found four unrestrained children in the rear seat – only capable of seating three people – and another unrestrained child in the front passenger seat.

McNamara identified the driver as Kiosha Lashae Smith, 27, who said they were just coming from a birthday party, and that was why all the children were in the car.

McNamara detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, so he asked Smith to step out of the car. According to McNamara, Smith told him there shouldn’t be any marijuana in the vehicle, and McNamara did not find any marijuana on her person.

McNamara then asked the children to step out of the vehicle so he could search the car, and on the passenger’s floorboard, he found a drawstring-style bag that contained approximately one to two pounds of marijuana along with a digital scale and a wad of 30 unused plastic sandwich baggies.

After this, McNamara arrested Smith for the possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, cruelty to children in the first degree, child safety seat violation and tag lights required.

Smith’s sister and another child’s parents were contacted to pick up the children, and afterward Smith was transported to the Coweta County Jail.



More Local

ECHS senior Cole Croteau dies from complications of CF

Update: Donations to the Cole Croteau's Memorial Fund will go to help other cystic fibrosis patients and their families. Croteau's funeral e ... Read More


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. SECRET SERVICE UNDER FRESH SCRU ... Read More


Ga. college smoking ban goes into effect Wednesday

ATLANTA (AP) — A rule smoking ban at all University System of Georgia campuses is scheduled to go into effect this week. The Universit ... Read More


Coweta's middle school volleyball championship game postponed

Coweta’s middle school volleyball championship game has been postponed amid questions on one school’s eligibility. “The Co ... Read More


10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PRO-DEMOCRACY RALLIES SPREAD IN H ... Read More

Arguments to begin in Atlanta test cheating trial

ATLANTA (AP) - Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators ... Read More