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Welfare check turns into drug, gun arrest for Covington police
Conyers man found sleeping at red light early Friday morning
Tyrus Thompson
Tyrus Rashaad Thompson, of Conyers, was arrested Friday morning, May 25, 2018, in Covington and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intention to distribute, possession of a firearm during a crime, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana (less than 1 ounce) and obstructing an intersection.

COVINGTON, Ga. – A welfare check for a motorist sleeping at a red light landed a Conyers man in jail early Friday morning after police found suspected drugs and a gun in the car with him.

According to a Covington Police Department incident report, officers responded to the intersection of Emory Street and U.S. 278 just before 2:15 a.m. May 25 where they reportedly found Tyrus Thompson asleep with his foot on the brake of a blue Dodge Avenger stopped at the red light.

Officers reported a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.

After waking Thompson, officers searched the car and reportedly found three baggies with several round, blue pills with the imprint “K-9” on them in a small compartment under the radio.

According to the report, officers found two glass jars in the middle console with a green, leafy substance, a black scale and 30 empty small, plastic bags.

A Taurus 9mm handgun with 11 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber was found in the driver-side door. Next to the pistol, police found a 28-round extended magazine.

In the back seat, police found a large, plastic, silver bag containing more green leafy substance. They also found a lunch box containing a plastic bag with about eight green, blue, red and yellow pills inside. There was also reportedly $1,585 in cash in the lunch box.

Thompson, 31, of 1448 Steam Engine Way NE, was arrested and charged with obstructing the intersection, possession of marijuana (less than 1 ounce), possession of Schedule II drugs, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in commission of a crime.