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Shoplifting call nets CPD drug arrest

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Christmas Eve shoplifting trip to Covington landed a Greensboro woman behind bars Sunday afternoon after police discovered she was also holding drugs, authorities said.

Covington police were called to the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 24 in reference to the shoplifting call. According to a Covington Police Department incident report, Amanda Clark, 36, had been detained by a store employee on suspicion of shoplifting.

While talking to Clark in the store’s loss prevention office, Officer Scott Fairburn reportedly could smell an odor of marijuana. According to the report, when she was asked if she had any on her, Clark reached into her purse and pulled out an unlabeled pill bottle and told Fairburn there was marijuana inside it.

When Fairburn opened the bottle it did not contain marijuana but did contain 22 pills, identified as Methadone, Oxycodone, Klonopin and Alprazolam.

Clark was arrested and transported to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and shoplifting.