COVINGTON, Ga. – Acting on an anonymous tip through its website, Covington Police Department officers arrested a Covington man on drug and gun charges Thursday afternoon.
According to a press release from CPD public information officer Justin Stott, police received an anonymous complaint about a subject selling marijuana from his residence and vehicle on Avery Street earlier in the week.
Officers put the residence under surveillance for a period of time and reportedly observed people coming to the house and staying for a short period of time- under a few minutes- and leaving, consistent with drug sales.
Stott said the vehicle described in the tip, a black Kia Forte belonging to 27-year-old Quavione Johnson, was seen parked at the residence.
Johnson had been identified going in and out of the residence.
Stott said Johnson was observed exiting the residence Aug. 23 and getting into the Kia. When police checked the status of Johnson’s driver’s license, it reportedly came back suspended. Johnson exited the driveway and made a left turn from Avery Street onto Washington Street.
Stott said when police conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Soap Opera coin laundry on Washington Street and made contact with Johnson in the vehicle they reportedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Police also observed raw marijuana in Johnson‘s lap and a Taurus 9mm pistol in the floorboard between his feet.
After Johnson was searched and placed in a patrol car, police searched the Kia and found two scales, sandwich bags, a rolled cigar containing raw marijuana and a glass jar containing two baggies of raw marijuana in addition to the pistol.
Johnson was jailed charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, driving while license suspended and a defective equipment violation for a cracked windshield.
“We encourage anyone to use our anonymous tip line to share information with us,” Stott said. “Our anonymous tips link can be found on our website www.covingtonpolice.com.”