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Suspect flees, passenger left to hold bag

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@henryherald.com

MCDONOUGH — Police said a driver fled a traffic stop, leaving his passenger holding the bag — of methamphetamine.

Henry County police Sgt. Joey Smith said Angelia Mechille Goetz, 34, of Derek Place in Locust Grove was with an unidentified white male when their car was stopped by an officer investigating people breaking into cars in Hampton.

Goetz is being held in the Henry County Jail on $15,000 bond for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of Xanax and marijuana, abandonment of drugs and transaction of a drug sale within 1,000 feet of a school.

Smith said police are still looking for her male companion.

Officer A. Thompson said he was investigating an entering auto incident reported at Ga. 81 and Mitchell Trail when two witnesses provided him with information about possible suspects. Thompson said the witnesses gave a description of a vehicle seen in the area.

Thompson said he returned to the area, known for heavy drug trafficking, and spotted the vehicle, a silver mini-van with duct tape on the lower left rear hatch, traveling west on Mt. Carmel Road. The van was reportedly occupied by a man wearing a red baseball cap, black tank top and beige pants.

As Thompson turned around to initiate a traffic stop, he saw the van pull into Little House Academy parking lot and stop on the west side of the building. The driver, a white male matching the clothing description given Thompson, exited the van and ran toward nearby woods carrying a black object or bag, said police.

Thompson said the female passenger, later identified as Goetz, also exited and tried to throw a small green bag of suspected methamphetamine into nearby grass and shrubbery. She was taken into custody and Thompson searched the van.

Thompson reportedly found a marijuana cigarette in the console ashtray, a Xanax pill in Goetz's wallet and a small black pouch with drug paraphernalia including suspected drug residue, glass pipe and rolling papers. Thompson also found a separate clear bag indicative of being packaged for distribution.

Goetz denied breaking into cars but Thompson said he found a black rearview mirror inside the van that was reported taken from a Georgia Power truck earlier in the day.

While Thompson was completing the investigation at the school, he said a man approached him with information about Goetz's companion. The man told police he may have given the suspect a ride to Jones Road in Hampton.

"His mother contacted him, advising that a strange white male with a short haircut, black tank top and tattoos as walking through their yard on Winding Stream Trail," stated Thompson in his report. "When he got home, he made contact with the man, who asked for a ride to Jones Road for $10."

Thompson said the man dropped the suspect off at the midway point of Jones Road and the man walked toward Mt. Carmel Road.

Smith said police are still looking for the suspect, who apparently dropped his UGA Bulldogs baseball cap during his escapades. Anyone with information should contact Detective Thacker at 770-288-8304.