A discovery of two handguns and bags full of drugs by custodians at the Quality Inn on Ga. Highway 142 lead to an arrest Thursday.
The Covington Police Department was initially called when custodians found two handguns in a room recently vacated by Derwin Downer. When officers arrived, they were able to locate the two pistols as well as a book bag containing a plastic baggie full of marijuana and a baggie containing trafficking amounts of crack cocaine. Two scales were also located in the room.
As the CPD officer was transporting the evidence to his car, he reportedly observed a light green Chrysler LHS driven by a black female slow as she passed the hotel while traveling on Ga. Highway 142. The driver appeared to be interested in the officer who was then able to retrieve a picture of the same car from the front desk of the inn. Security cameras had caught Downer driving the car to and from the hotel.
Moments later, the LHS pulled into the inn's parking area and the officer was able to stop the car. Downer was a passenger in the car still being driven by the female. Based on the weapons found in the hotel room, the officer ordered both to show their hands. While the driver complied, Downer reportedly dove for the backseat at which time the officer used his Taser to shock the suspect into submission.
Investigators were later able to retrieve video evidence of Downer renting, entering and exiting the hotel room where the illegal materials were found. Detectives also located $780 on Downer's person.
He was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction of an officer. It was later determined the female driver was not involved in the crime.