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Loud Music Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

Loud music from an overly rambunctious birthday party has led to a felony drug arrest. The drug suspect and ostensible partygoer was arrested outside the party after police approached him for an illegal park job and determined he was in possession of cocaine.

Friday night about 11:15 p.m., officers with the La-Grange Police Department Special Investigations Unit responded to a residence in the 100 block of Royal Court in reference to a call about loud music.

Officer noted that this was the third call for service at the same residence regarding loud music due to a birthday party going on with a very large crowd.

Upon their arrival, police noticed an occupied green Honda Accord parked on the street blocking a driveway, so officers male contact with the driver, Joseph Dixon. The driver had his window rolled over down as officers approached, so they immediately observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.

When confronted about the odor of marijuana, Dixon began reaching around inside his vehicle stating, ‘there might be some.’ After officers told Dixon to stop reaching around the vehicle, they asked him again if there was any marijuana inside his vehicle and this time he stated no marijuana was inside the vehicle and that he only smoked cigarettes.

Dixon was then removed from the vehicle in order to conduct a search. Before doing so, officers asked Dixon for consent to search his person and vehicle. Dixon then gave consent for both.

During the subsequent searches, officers located a small amount of powder cocaine in the coin pocket inside Dixon’s right pants pocket. Dixon was then placed under arrest for the suspected cocaine, but officers did not locate any marijuana.

As a result of the incident, Dixon, age 33, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Possession of Cocaine (Felony).

Dixon was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer