Three women and two men have been arrested in the last several days on criminal charges in Baldwin County, local authorities say.
In one case, deputies with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office went looking for a man wanted on an outstanding warrant on Jan. 22, according to an incident report filed by Deputy Brandon Towe.
Towe explained in his report that he, along with Deputy Sgt. Jerome Roberts and Training Deputy Lamarcus Tuft, went to an apartment located in the 2000 block of Irwinton Road to serve and arrest a man wanted on an outstanding warrant.
During the search of the residence, a quantity of a crystal-like substance, believed to be methamphetamine, was found.
The man being sought, identified as Lejarvis Tramaine Harper, 30, of the 6000 block of Oakbrook Parkway, Milledgeville, was not at the residence initially, but was found a short time later and arrested by Sgt. Roberts.
While searching Harper, Towe said Roberts discovered Harper was in possession of illegal drugs.
Harper was charged with one count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of methamphetamine, going inside guard line with prohibited items, and possession of drug related objects, records show.
Roberts said while searching Harper, he noticed he was wearing a pair of shorts underneath his pants.
Roberts said he removed a black plastic bag. The deputy said he asked Harper if it contained meth and the suspect indicated that it did.
Roberts said he also found several used syringes.
Towe said he and the other two deputies found two women at the residence and that both of them subsequently were arrested on drug charges.
The women were identified as Inger Smith, 31, of the 2600 block of Irwinton Road, Milledgeville; and Lashaundra Clowers Evans, 38, of the 2500 block of Belair Drive S.E., Milledgeville.
Towe said he talked with Smith and that she had rented the room.
The deputy said he then asked Smith if there was anything illegal in the room and that the woman indicated there was not.
Towe said Smith gave him verbal consent to search the apartment. She, too, was later arrested.
Towe said as deputies were taking Harper into custody that it was later learned Evans had left the residence.
On the bathroom floor, Towe said he discovered a piece of aluminum foil with burn marks, along with a digital scale commonly used to weigh drugs.
“Inside the foil was a crystal-like substance, believed to be methamphetamine,” Towe said.
A blunt that contained marijuana was found in a dresser drawer near the bed, the deputy said, noting it was disposed of in the presence of Tuft.
Towe said he later issued an arrest warrant for Evans on a charge of VGCSA for possession of methamphetamine. She since has been taken into custody.
In an unrelated case, a 34-year-old Milledgeville woman was arrested on drug and other charges Jan. 18, after a traffic stop on the 1700 block of North Columbia Street.
The woman was identified as Margaret Ellen Clark, of the 100 block of Shamrock Lane, according to an incident report filed by Sgt. Jerome Roberts.
The deputy said he spotted a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am without a proper working headlight, and that it later was discovered the car did not have a license plate, which resulted in a traffic stop.
Roberts said Training Deputy Lamarcus Tuft talked with the woman.
The traffic stop ultimately led to a search of the car.
During the search, the deputies found a pill container that contained faded words on it.
Roberts said the container had 4 1/2 pills inside.
Clark reportedly admitted the pills belonged to her.
She was later detained in handcuffs after refusing to comply with deputy orders not to move while she leaned against the deputies’ patrol car.
Tuft later removed a blue and white bag from the car.
Roberts said Clark became “very upset” at the time and claimed she didn’t know what all was inside the bag.
The deputy said Clark told him that the bag didn’t belong to her and that she had gotten it from inside an apartment she had cleaned earlier.
The woman indicated she was going to give the bag to the landlord, Roberts said.
Tuft later found a brown pouch.
Inside the pouch, Roberts said he found a glass pipe smoking device with suspected methamphetamine residue in it.
A plastic bag was later removed that contained suspected methamphetamine, Roberts said.
Clark was arrested and charged with VGCSA for possession of methamphetamine and possession and use of drug-related objects.
She also was issued a traffic citation for a defective headlight.
Clark later was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center and jailed.
In a separate case, meanwhile, a 38-year-old Baldwin County man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and on a felony charge of VGCSA for possession of methamphetamine.
The man was identified as 38-year-old Larry Etheridge, of the 400 block of Old Colony Road, Milledgeville, according to authorities.
Deputies Towe, Sgt. Roberts and Tuft went to a residence on the 200 block of Mt. Pleasant Road in Milledgeville where they made the arrest.