A brief burst of loud music led to the arrest of a male and female Friday night. Police initially tried to warn them that people were trying to sleep, but after much arguing the two were hauled off to jail for felony drug and gun possession.
The incident occurred late Friday night about 12:37 a.m. while officers with the LaGrange Police Department were on patrol in the area of the 1300 block of Elm Street. Officers briefly heard loud music coming from a parked vehicle right next to them. The music only lasted a few seconds before stopping, so officers rolled their window down to warn the driver, Paulette Howell, that her music was too loud for the time of night.
Police say Howell then began to argue, telling officers they barely heard the music. During this conversation, officers observed a strong odor of marijuana, so they began to investigate and determined that the odor was coming from inside Howell’s vehicle.
Police then confronted Howell about the odor and she began to yell, insisting to officers that they did not smell anything. Howell was then removed from the vehicle and she continued to yell and argue about having smelled marijuana. Howell was then detained and searched, but no contraband was found on her person.
Police then removed Howell’s passenger, Andrew Strozier, from the vehicle, at which point another male subject came up and attempted to take him away from the scene against police instructions. Officers then attempted to detain Strozier, but there was a brief physical struggle to place him in handcuffs.
Strozier was then searched,at which point officers found a loaded Browning .25 caliber pistol in his right front pants pocket. A subsequent check revealed the firearm was not reported stolen, but Strozier was confirmed to be a convicted felon.
Police then searched the vehicle and found a clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and a metal container with suspected crack cocaine near where Strozier was seated.
Howell then stated the drugs and gun belonged to her, despite them being found with Strozier. Howell then continued to be belligerent throughout the incident, and continued yelling and swearing, causing neighbors and bystanders to come outside.
As a result, both subjects were then placed under arrest and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail on various charges.
Howell, age 43, was charged with Obstruction of Officers, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce. She was later released from the Troup County Jail on $8,000 bond.
Strozier, age 32, was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce, and Obstruction. Strozier was denied bond.