Two men were arrested Sunday morning and charged with using drugs at the Rainbow Homeless Shelter on Turner Lake Circle.
Officers from the Covington Police Department were called by an employee of the shelter who said he had pulled up and noticed two men - John Duane Bearden, 37, and Luis Castro Bordon, 49 - on the side of the building in front of a truck. Because the shelter requires those not attending church services held at the shelter to vacate the premises, he decided to question Bearden and Bordon.
The employee said as he drove closer he could see the two were smoking and that Bearden approached him as he got closer while Bordon walked to the side of the building. He said he could smell marijuana on Bearden as he got closer. Also, he noticed that Bordon walked from the side of the truck to the front of it, as he did so he saw a white and red cigarette pack fall from his hands. Because of their suspicious behavior the employee called authorities.
Officers located the cigarette pack and inside found two unused marijuana cigarettes, along with several regular cigarettes. The employee said it was the pack he saw Bearden and Bordon with. However, when they asked the men if it belonged to them they denied it. The two were arrested for possession of marijuana less than an ounce and transported to the Newton County Detention Center. Bearden reportedly told officers he had two past charges of possession of marijuana in Athens. Bordon said this was his first charge of the kind.