Alleged Meth Dealer Arrested

LaGrange Police have arrested man on four felony drug charges after he reportedly caused a disturbance at a local business.

Thursday night about 7:53 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department were called to the Citgo fuel station on Commerce Avenue in reference to a subject causing a disturbance.

Police arrived and spoke with the complainant, who stated the male causing the problem had just left headed north on New Franklin Road.

Officers then checked the area and located him near the Northside Package Store on New Franklin Road.

Police say the suspect, Lucas Wade Stepherson, immediately became boisterous and attempted to walk away from officers. Thinking that he was preparing to flee, officers quickly grabbed Stepherson and detained him pending further investigation.

Stepherson was later confirmed to have multiple active warrants for his arrest for selling meth, so he was placed under arrest.

Stepherson was then transported to the Troup County Sheriff Office where he was booked into the jail charged with three counts of Sale of Methamphetamine.

After handing him over to jailors, officers searched the rear passenger area of the patrol vehicle where Stepherson had been seated and observed two pieces of a blue plastic baggie containing a white residue. A field drug test was then used on the residue and it tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police later went back to the jail and spoke to Stepherson about the suspected methamphetamine.

Stepherson initially denied the items being his and further insisted that there is no way police could know the items were meth.

After police pointed out that he was the only person who had been in the rear of the patrol vehicle and that the items had tested positive for meth, Stepherson claimed that the baggies must have gotten stuck to the bottom of his shoe and got into the car by mistake.

As a result, Stepherson, age 27, was also charged with an additional count of Possession of Methamphetamine.