DTF agents make arrests

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 29, 2003

Even more drug arrests were made the past couple of days in Covington County, and law enforcement officials, including officers with the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, as of press time, were still searching for a suspect who allegedly escaped from an arrest.

According to a DTF officer, Olivia E. Foley, 22, and James Anthony Patterson were at a residence Tuesday on Piney Grove Road in the Fleeta community when officers arrived to pick up Patterson on a pending grand jury incitement from a previous drug charge.

The officer added a meth lab was in plain view through a window, and officers busted in the door to the residence. Patterson allegedly escaped out of the back of the residence in an attempt to elude the pending (and current) charge, said the DTF officer.

"Ms. Foley was left (by herself), and she was arrested with manufacturing in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), tampering with evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia."

The DTF officer added Patterson will be charged with the same violations as Foley, but he still has the prior charges, as well.

"There is a pending bond for him, but not her," said the DTF officer.

The bond amounts for the most recent violations of each of the suspects are as follows: manufacturing in the first degree - $250,000, possession of a controlled substance (meth) - $50,000, possession of drug paraphernalia - $20,000, and tampering with evidence - $3,000.

The officer added if anyone has any information in regards to the whereabouts of Patterson, then that person should contact local law enforcement officials or the DTF at 428-2568.

Information through a DTF officer was also released about an arrest made Sunday.

The officer said Stacey Louise Donaldson, 28, of Stockbridge, Ga. was stopped by an Opp police officer on Hwy. 331 for a traffic violation.

Donaldson acted nervously towards the officer, and upon search of the vehicle meth residue and a small bag of marijuana was found, according to the DTF agent.

Bond was set at $10,000 for possession of a controlled substance, $3,000 for possession of (a small amount) marijuana, and $3,000 for drug paraphernalia.