LaGrange Police have arrested a felon on a pair of drug charges after narcotics were found in his headphones case. The subject tried to deny possession of both, which officer may have been inclined to believe, had he not been wearing the matching headphones at the time.
Late Saturday night about 12:40 a.m., officers were passing through the parking lot of the Stay Lodge on Whitesville Road, when officers encountered a suspicious vehicle. Police then made contact with the black Nissan Altima, which was still running with the headlights still on and a single subject sitting in the rear seat of the vehicle.
As soon as the occupant, later identified as Jadarius Devonte Childs, rolled down the window, officers observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.
While speaking with Childs, officers quickly observed what appeared to be a rolled marijuana joint on the front seat of the vehicle as well as a half consumed bottle of liquor.
Childs then denied any knowledge of anything illegal being in the vehicle and gave consent to search his person. Childs was then searched, but no contraband was located on his person.
Childs later stated that he was waiting for the other vehicle occupants, a male and female, to come out of the hotel room. He also denied any knowledge of the suspected marijuana that was found in the vehicle. Childs was also either unwilling or unable to provide the name of the subjects that had previous been in the vehicle nor could he proved the room they went into.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a pill bottle in the driver’s side door compartment that contained a small amount of suspected marijuana. Police also located a Beats headphone case in the floor directly in front of where Childs was sitting that contained suspected marijuana and about ten Xanax pills.
Childs again denied any knowledge of the drugs, but at this point officers noticed he was wearing a pair of Beats headphones matching the case where the suspected marijuana and pills were found.
Childs later insisted that the items were not his and further insisted officers would not find anything in the back seat of the vehicle where he was sitting.
Due to the headphones case being found in the immediate where Childs could have easily hid it, along with the fact he was wearing the same headphones, officers believe the case belonged to Childs, so he was placed under arrest.
As a result, Childs, age 22, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Once, Possession of a Schedule IV Drug, and Felony Parole Violation.
Childs is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer