A local man is now facing a felony drug charge after he allegedly was caught bringing multiple marijuana cigarettes onto elementary school property by a school crossing guard. Tuesday morning about 7:47 a.m., officers with the La-Grange Police Department were at Hollis Hand Elementary School on Country Club Road directing traffic when the crossing guard observed a green Lexus sedan headed toward the school.
Police say the vehicle slowed and as if it wanted to turn into the school, but no turn signal was activated, so the crossing guard motioned for the vehicle to continue. As the vehicle got closer, the officer determined the vehicle actually had its left turn signal activated, but it had a weak light output so it wasn’t immediately clear.
The crossing guard then briefly stopped the driver to warn him about the issue with his turn signal. As the driver rolled down his window, officers immediately observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The driver then continued into the school parking lot, so the crossing guard initially radioed officers to make contact with the vehicle after it left the parking lot, but the subject pulled behind the elementary school, so officers decided to make contact with the driver on school grounds.
The driver, later identified as Tommy Lamar Reed, was stopped as he was walking from his car toward the school and confronted about the suspected marijuana.
Reed then admitted to having a “blunt” in the car that his friend smoked last night. He further stated he was just at the school dropping off food for his wife and advised he does not work at Hollis Hand Elementary School.
Reed’s vehicle was then searched and police found four suspected marijuana cigarettes inside a pill bottle in the driver’s side door.
The amount of marijuana constituted a misdemeanor charge, but illegal drug possession near a school or playground is a felony in Georgia.
As a result, Reed, age 41, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce and Possession of a Controlled Substance within a School Zone.
Reed was later released from the Troup County Jail on $6,000 bond. Jeremy Andrews