When you live in a house known for illegal drug use, it’s only a matter of time before police are going to knock on your door and people are likely to be arrested.
Wednesday night about 9 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to a residence in the 100 block of Revis Street in reference to a welfare check.
Officers arrived and met with the complainant across from the residence, who advised he filed a missing person report on his wife earlier in the day and he believes she was inside the location.
The husband advised he thinks his wife is at the location because she has been there in the past and she has a problem with cocaine. The complainant advised that he was worried that she was being held against her will and being forced to work off drug purchases with the resident.
Police then knocked on the door of the residence and were met by Horace Delaney Williams Jr., who immediately advised that the female was not at the location. He stated she had not been to the residence for a few days, but he did speak with her on the phone earlier in the day.
Williams then allowed police into his residence to ensure that she was actually not in the residence. Williams then walked officers through the residence, pointing out that she was not at the location.
While walking through the residence, police noticed another male, later identified as William Floyd Stargell, who was standing holding his left hand behind his back. Stargell then turned and began to walk out of the room, at which point officers noticed what was believed to be a glass crack pipe in his left hand.
Stargell was then immediately detained in handcuffs and police discovered a small amount of suspected crack cocaine in his other hand. Police say that Stargell then began repeatedly insisting the white rock like substance was just Alka-Seltzer.
Officers later continued searching the residence and located a separate rock of suspected crack cocaine was located inWilliams’bedroom on the bed. Police say they also found six broken cylindrical glass pipes with burn marks and steel wool, indicative of them being used to smoke crack cocaine that were found near the bed. A seventh suspected glass crack pipe with burn marks was found on top of a bag inside a closet in the bedroom as well.
Williams was later questioned about the pipes and suspected cocaine and he denied smoking any, saying he just paid off his probation in October.
Police noticed he had a very visible and distinct burn mark on his right thumb, which they say is common with crack cocaine users when the crack pipes burn their fingers.
As result of the incident, Williams, age 70, and Stargell, age 71, were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail and charged with Possession of Cocaine (Felony) and Possession of a Drug Related object.
As of press time both subjects are being held at the Troup County Jail on $2,000 bond.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer