COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) took drugs off the street and arrested a Covington man Monday morning after a deputy responded to assist EMS on a report of a person in a vehicle who would not wake up.
According to the NCSO incident report, Deputy Timothy Dickerson responded to the call at around 7:40 a.m. June 26. When he arrived, he observed a black SUV parked in front of a house partially blocking the roadway with the male inside.
According to the report, Dickerson made contact with the vehicle and awakened the driver, identified as Christopher Burleigh, 35. After asking Burleigh to step out of the vehicle, Dickerson detected the odor of marijuana and observed a clear bag containing suspected methamphetamine in the driver’s side door pocket.
After placing Burleigh in custody, Dickerson conducted a search of the vehicle and reportedly found more suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and suspected heroin. He also found an unused syringe and bags used for packaging drugs for sale.
According to the NCSO, a check of Burleigh’s background indicated that he is also not a licensed driver. He was arrested and transported to the Newton County Jail charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug related objects, driving without a license, possession of marijuana less than an ounce and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. His vehicle was towed.