Moultrie Observer

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February 8, 2013

'Large quantity' of marijuana found

MOULTRIE — This article has been changed from its original version as a discrepancy about an address was corrected.


A Moultrie police officer’s investigation of a man pushing a wheelbarrow at 3 a.m. Friday resulted in police making theft charges against him and separate charges against another man after marijuana was found nearby.

The officer was patrolling near the intersection of Third Avenue and Eighth Street Southwest when he saw a man in dark clothing and black hood push the wheelbarrow containing a heavy object in a cardboard box. Noticing the officer, the man went into a 208 Eighth St. residence, leaving the wheelbarrow outside.

When the officer turned around and returned to the house, a second man and a man identified as Reginald James Coates were outside and he asked Coates to come over.

The first officer and a second who had arrived smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a nearby Chevrolet Malibu and learned that Coates was wanted on a Colquitt County Sheriff’s warrant, at which time he was arrested. The wheelbarrow and a vanity bathroom sink in it were taken as evidence.

Meanwhile, another officer found a man near the car who turned over the keys and he searched it, finding a large quantity of suspected marijuana inside. The owner of the house then gave permission to search it and more suspected marijuana was found inside.

At that point several people from the yard and residence were taken in for questioning. At the conclusion of that investigation Deaire Antron Davis, 23, 1020 Second St. S.E., was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Coates, 45, 127 Fifth St. S.W., was charged with theft by conversion.

In another investigation, police on Thursday charged Latoya Walker, 26, 422 First Ave. N.W., with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and interfering with an emergency phone call.

An officer responding to a report that Walker had a gun ordered her to get on the ground. With the officer holding his gun, Walker screamed and walked out to the road but refused to get on the ground, police said.

He eventually grabbed Walker and two other officers helped handcuff her. Inside the residence, police said, the officer found a black revolver. A resident told police that Walker had come in drunk and wanting to argue with her, taking her cell phone so she could not call 911.

She told police that Walker never pointed the pistol at her or made threats.

In other arrests:

• Larry Gibson Morris, 64, 119 S. Norris St., was charged Thursday with forgery.

• William S. Jackson, 58, 1106 Roosevelt St. Apt. A, Waycross, was charged Thursday with suspended license.

• Sandra Duncan Clayton, 48, 401 Cheyenne Way, was charged Thursday with duty to obey officer.

• Johnathan Eric Chafin, 19, 137 Lighter Knot Court, was charged Thursday with probation violation.

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