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Trespassing Complaint Leads to Meth Bust

LaGrange Police have arrested four suspects as a result of a citizen complaint, alleging that they illegally entered a vacant residence. Police didn’t actually catch them in the vacant residence, but they were later found to be in possession of methamphetamine, so they now face much worse charges.

Sunday afternoon about 1:30 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the 100 block of Cox Street in reference to Criminal Trespass in progress.

Officer arrived and spoke to the complainant,who stated he observed two males and two females entering a nearby vacant residence. The group had reportedly been going back and forth between the vacant house and another occupied residence.

Coincidentally, police had been at the occupied residence earlier in the day looking for a wanted person, but did not locate the wanted suspect at the time.

Police contacted the owner of the vacant residence, where the subjects were allegedly trespassing, and he let officers inside, but the residence was unoccupied.

The original complainant then advised that he thought the suspects may have gone back into the other residence.

Due to having information that a wanted suspect was possibly in the residence, officers contacted the owner of the residence and he allowed police inside to search for the wanted subject.

The homeowner then took police to a back bedroom and he knocked on the door, telling the occupants that they needed to come outside and speak with police. When they did not immediately do so, the owner opened the door to find the two males and two females, later identified as AmberLowry, Christina Teaver, Shaun Teaver, and Timothy Barnes.

Police say, Barnes then immediately got up from a chair where he was seated and ran to a closet with something in his hand and shoved it into the closet, ignoring officer’s commands to stop.

Barnes was then told to sit back down with whatever he put in the closet, but he refused. He then began yelling and insisting this was his room and that police needed to get out and that they needed a search warrant.

All four suspects were then detained and were later determined to be in varying degrees of methamphetamine possession. As a result of the investigation, Lowry, age 25; C. Teaver, age 27; S. Teaver, age 36, and Barnes, age 37; were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office were they were charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.

Barnes and Lowry were additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Illegal Narcotic in a Drug Free Zone (Felony).