THOMASVILLE — A woman leaving her job at a Carroll Hill convenience store early Monday afternoon unwittingly became entangled in a drug case.

Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division agents had the woman’s place of employment under surveillance about 1:30 p.m.

Officers were watching for Lorenzo Bates, 21, of 711 W. Calhoun St. An informant said Bates would deliver marijuana to the business.

Agents spotted Bates standing next to a gray car in the parking lot.

“When they decided to approach Bates, it appeared he threw something into the car,” said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice division commander.

Agents attempted to talk to Bates, who fled on foot.

After chasing the suspect for two blocks, lawmen caught Bates, who was transported to the Jail-Justice Center for questioning.

Some agents returned to the store parking lot and talked to the woman who had been sitting in the gray car. The woman told officers she knew Bates as a customer at the store.

She was surprised to see Bates throw something into her vehicle, the woman told agents, and looked to see what it was after Bates ran. The woman realized the packages contained marijuana.

“She got sacred and placed the marijuana in a trash can,” Lee said.

Bates told officers he threw the pot — more than two ounces — into the car “because he was scared.”

The suspect is charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute and marijuana possession within intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a park.

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