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Posted: February 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Four face drug charges after tip

A tip received by officers with the Covington Police Department led to the arrests of four people who reportedly were found with methamphetamine at a hotel Saturday.

A report said a concerned citizen reported to police that several people were using drugs while at America’s Best Value Inn on Alcovy Road.

After receiving the call, a CPD officer responded to the scene around 9 p.m., where he knocked on a room door and met with a man, later identified as Anthony Potts, 47, who reportedly rented the room. Inside the room, were two males—Richard St. Clair, 22, and Travis Taylor, 24, and one female—Marissa Taylor, 19.

The officer asked Potts to come outside and speak with him and then explained to Potts that received a tip that there were drugs in the room. The officer reportedly asked Potts if he had anything illegal on him and he said he didn’t and gave the officer consent to search. He said that he rented the room and that three individuals in the room came over to visit him, but that they weren’t staying there.

The officer went back to the room with Potts and explained to the four individuals that he needed to search the room for drugs. According to the report, Travis Taylor became aggravated.

"Travis Taylor was prancing back and forth and started speaking non-stop. I could tell that his pupils were extremely dilated and appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug," the officer reported.

The officer asked St. Clair, Travis Taylor, and Marissa Taylor if they had anything illegal in their possession or in the room, and they responded, "No."

However, after a search of the room, an officer noticed that in the sink there was a pen casing the appeared to have a white powder residue inside, which was reportedly identified as methamphetamine. The report also stated that a trash can below the sink had a clear bag with a powder residue inside, which appeared to be rolled up and used. The officer reportedly held up the items and asked who they belonged to.

"All four subjects began to yell and scream, saying it was not theirs and that they don’t know who it belongs to," the report said. "Travis Taylor began to swell his body up, taking deep breaths and balling his fist up while screaming, ‘I’m about to do it. I’m about to do it.’"

The four individuals were reportedly detained at the time as officers searched the rest of the room. Found were a black digital scale, pipes with drug reside, a large bag of methamphetamine, small clear bags of methamphetamine, a black pencil torch and other drugs, the report stated.

Officers again asked the group who the items belonged to, and they became hostile, saying that the items were not theirs.

All four were arrested and taken to the Newton County Jail. Marissa Taylor, Richard St. Clair and Travis Taylor were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Anthony Potts was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and false information.

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