Jury: 2 not guilty of drug possession

Published 12:59 am Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Covington County jury found two people not guilty of drug possession charges stemming from a 2016 case.

Kenyon Jamont Ayers of Detroit, and Deonta Donnell Clay of Andalusia, were two of three people arrested in the case.

According to court records, an Andalusia Police Department officer observed a vehicle and subject matching a BOLO description. The BOLO was in reference to an assault with weapon, and the driver, Donterious Johnson, having an active outstanding warrant.

The officer smelled marijuana and contacted the DTF. A search revealed “two separate clear plastic bags containing marijuana. One of the bags had multiple smaller clear plastic bags containing marijuana. The other bag had three smaller zip lock bags containing a clear rock/crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine.”

The narcotics were found under the rear floor cover in a lower compartment. Also found were digital scales found in the console and in defendant Clay’s pocket.

The Drug Task Force was called to the scene and charged each with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana first, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The jury found Ayers, who was represented by David Baker, not guilty of all counts.

The jury found Clay, who was represented by Diana Mock, guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia, and not guilty on the other two counts. Judge Lex Short set sentencing for July 19.

Assistant District Attorney Nikki Stephens tried the case for the state.

The third defendant, Johnson, has not yet been tried.