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Posted: May 4, 2017 12:46 p.m.

CPD arrests one of Newton’s ‘Most Wanted’

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COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington Police Department took a name off the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) “Most Wanted” list Tuesday when it arrested a Bowman man on warrants and possession of methamphetamine charges.

According to a CPD incident report, Officer Matt Cooper and Investigator Jeff Bruno responded to a residence on Butler Avenue May 2 at 7:41 a.m. in reference to a possible wanted person. When they arrived at the residence, they reportedly spoke with the homeowner who told them a male was staying inside.

According to the report, after getting consent to enter,  they walked to a bedroom on the west end of the house and made contact with the male, identified as Paul Okonski, 40, who was sleeping.  After confirming his identity, Cooper and Bruno placed Okonski in handcuffs.

When asked by police if there was anything illegal in the room, Okonski reportedly said there was not.  After obtaining consent to search the room, Cooper and Bruno reportedly found two glass smoking pipes with suspected methamphetamine residue inside the top drawer of a chest of drawers. According to the report, there was a small black AWS 1000 scale with suspected methamphetamine residue on it next to the pipes. In the area where Okonski was laying, Cooper and Bruno reportedly found a small, plastic ziplock baggy with “crystal-like” shards suspected to be crystal methamphetamine.

According to the report, Okonski was arrested on charges of VCGSA (Violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act) – methamphetamine and transported to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center.

According to the NCSO website, Okonski was wanted on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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