Trespassing Suspect Found with Prescription Narcotics

LaGrange Police have arrested a local man on several charges stemming from a Criminal Trespass incident, where he allegedly fled from officers.

Tuesday afternoon about 3:48 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police were in the area of South Greenwood Street when police observed a male fitting the description of a subject who fled from a Criminal Trespass incident earlier in the day on Boulevard Street.

Police made contact with the subject while he was walking in the area and detained him pending investigation of the previous incident. The subject identified himself as Eric Bell and initially agreed to speak with police, but he was detained in handcuffs due to the suspicion that he had fled from officers earlier in the day.

Bell was then searched for weapons and officers discovered a prescription bottle in his left pocket. The bottle was then removed and it was found to be unlabeled. Bell later told police that the bottle was his and the pills inside were pain killers.

Three different pills were found inside the bottle, later identified as Clonazepam and Xanax. Police say Bell had 20 pink 1 milligram Clonazepam pills, four blue half milligram Clonazepam pills, and two white Xanax pills.

Due to Bell having a total of 26 pills that he did not have a prescription for in an unlabeled pill bottle, he was placed under arrest.

During the subsequent investigation, Bell was determined by police to be responsible for the earlier Criminal Trespass incident. Bell was also determined to have an active warrant for his arrest for Failure to Appear.

As a result, Bell, age 27, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Possession of a Schedule IV Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance not in Original Container, Criminal Trespass, and the warrant for Failure to Appear.

Bell is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.