Thomasville Times Enterprise

June 22, 2012

Hunch leads to meth arrest


MOULTRIE — Drug agents arrested a second suspect connected with a methamphetamine-making operation Tuesday when officers played a hunch and followed a female friend to a meeting with him.

James Roger Avery was arrested after he got in the woman’s car at a Dollar General store in Coolidge, Moultrie-Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team investigator Kim Young said.

Officers had been seeking Avery since June 7, when a search of his 5962 Ga. Hwy. 133 S. residence turned up six containers in which meth was being cooked.

On Tuesday, Young said, they decided to act  on a “hunch.”

“Me and another agent followed the female, somebody he was known to associate with,” Young said. “She led us right there. He got into her car and we arrested him.”

Avery, 34, is charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

The district attorney’s office could decide to seek additional indictments for criminal attempt to manufacture meth for each of the six containers found at Avery’s residence, Young said.

“That’s up to him and the grand jury,” she said.

Avery has had multiple convictions for meth-related charges in the past, she said.

Misty Nichole Newton, 33, also known as Misty Bryant, was charged with the same three counts the day Avery’s residence was searched. Avery was not there at the time.

“We’ve had several complaints of him manufacturing meth,” Young said.