Mother charged after police unlock car and find marijuana | Public Safety |


COVINGTON — A Covington mother is in jail after she called police to unlock her car, and officers found suspected marijuana inside.

According to an incident report by the Covington Police Department, two officers responded to the corner of Pace and Stallings streets about 4 p.m. on April 8 in reference to unlocking a car. They were met by a male, a female and two small children.

As one of the officers was attempting to unlock the car, he made a slight opening on the top corner of the door and could reportedly smell an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the interior of the car. When he got the door unlocked and opened it, he reported a much stronger smell of burnt marijuana coming from the car.

The officer asked the couple if there was marijuana in the vehicle, and the female, identified as Krystal Williams, 22, allegedly stated there was and reached inside to the ashtray and handed the officer two half-smoked, suspected marijuana cigarettes. The officer asked if there was any more, and Williams allegedly said no. He asked for permission to search the vehicle, and she allegedly granted it. He found two more suspected marijuana cigarettes inside the ashtray.

The officer checked both adults through GCIC, and Williams came back as wanted on a warrant out of DeKalb County. The officer placed Williams under arrest, but allowed her to use her cell phone to call her girlfriend to make sure her children could be dropped off by the male. The officer also chose not to handcuff Williams in front of her children.

As the male prepared to leave the scene with the children, Williams asked if she could hug them and the officer agreed. While she was in the back seat hugging her children, the officer stated he noticed her allegedly reach into her pants pocket. He ordered her to stop and get out of the vehicle. While she was doing so, she allegedly reached into her pocket again and threw two small bags of suspected marijuana on the front passenger floor area.

The officers immediately grabbed her and Williams allegedly began to struggle. They were forced to pin her down on the trunk of her vehicle while they handcuffed her. The suspected marijuana was retrieved from the vehicle and the male was allowed to leave with the children.

Williams was transported to the Newton County Detention Center and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, and obstruction of an officer.