Tifton Gazette


July 1, 2014

Local man arrested with pills, cocaine in stolen car

TIFTON — Following a traffic stop Friday, a Tifton man was arrested after police discovered drugs inside the vehicle.

Officer William Germaine reported that at approximately 4:45 p.m., he saw a black Honda Accord traveling south on Magnolia Drive run the red light while turning east on Seventh Street. He initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled into a nearby parking lot.

Germaine made contact with the driver, Michael Anthony Lebrane Goins, 28, of 4040 Ty Ty-Sparks Road in Ty Ty. He told him the reason for the stop and asked for his driver's license and proof of insurance. Goins gave his name and date of birth and then told Germaine why his driver's license was suspended.

When dispatch ran Goins' information, his license came back suspended. Germaine reported that while having Goins step out of the vehicle, he asked him if there was anything illegal in the vehicle that he needed to know about, to which Goins replied no.

Germaine had him place his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. He then asked him if there was anything on his person that he needed to know about, and Goins said no. Goins was searched and placed in the back of the patrol car.

Inside the Honda Accord, Germaine said there was a digital scale sitting on the front seat where he was sitting. While inventorying the vehicle before being turned over to a local wrecker service, Germaine found a cold, empty 18-ounce Colt 45 bottle under the front passenger seat. Next to the empty beer bottle was a black plastic bag that was tied closed at the top.

When Germaine opened the bag, it contained one 9.30 gram bag of powder cocaine, one bag that contained 14 small bags of cocaine (0.50 grams each), one small bag containing nine Xanax pills, one small bag containing 10 Xanax pills, one bag containing 73 acetaminophen/hydrocodone pills, one bag containing nine acetaminophen/hydrocodone pills, one plastic bag containing 31 oxycodone/hydrochloride pills and one already opened pack of apple bags.

Once the inventory was complete, the vehicle was turned over to the wrecker service. Goins was transported to the Tift County Law Enforcement Center.

Germaine reported that while logging evidence, Sgt. Toni Gann was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to the theft of a motor vehicle. A report was made for the theft of the vehicle that Goins was driving when Germaine made the traffic stop.

According to a separate incident report, Gann reported that upon her arrival at Wal-Mart, she met with a woman who said between 1:56 and 6 p.m., someone stole her vehicle from the employee parking lot.

The woman later learned her vehicle was recovered in a traffic stop and that Goins was the driver. She told police that she had given Goins a ride earlier to Wal-Mart and she was unaware that he had stayed at the business and had taken her vehicle. She didn't want to press charges due to her knowing him.

Goins was charged with possession of a schedule III, IV or V controlled substance with the intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to maintain lane, an open container violation and theft by taking.

In another matter, a man reported Saturday that his truck was broken into while at Fastenal, located in the 900 block of South Main Street. He said he noticed the back sliding glass was busted out and the face of the CD player was missing. Officer Brian Joiner said when he arrived, he noticed a black purse about 30 to 50 feet away from the truck with the contents all over the ground. A young female said the purse was hers.

Joiner spoke with several witnesses who provided the same information, except one who said he saw three black males walking through the parking lot in the area of the truck.

Also, a woman who lives in the 600 block of East Second Street reported Sunday that she returned home and found her residence had been ransacked. Several of her large flatscreen televisions were missing from her residence, along with a Xbox 360 gaming system.

She found her large window air conditioning unit on the living room floor, her couch turned upside down and a 19-inch television face down. She said her window was up when she arrived home.

Officer Eddie Bailey, who responded to the scene, reported that the front door had pry damages on it, but he was uncertain whether the damages were new or old.

Officer Brian Shockley reported Friday he assisted Code Enforcement in inspecting two apartments located in the 1100 block of South Park Avenue. He said upon Code Enforcement's inspection on one of the apartments, he was notified of possible drugs lying on the floor in the bedroom hall. He collected a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. He also collected a small plastic bag containing three small, white rock-like substances believed to be crack cocaine.

After Code Enforcement and building inspection concluded their inspection, it was determined that the house was not fit for habitation. The residents of both apartments were given a deadline to vacate the residences.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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