Former medic turns himself in at jail

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Martin Potts accused of carrying illegal drugs on job

By Melanie Ruberti


LaGRANGE — A former American Medical Response employee turned himself in at the Troup County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, according to LaGrange police detectives.

Martin Terrell Potts, 35, of Coweta County, was charged with possession of methamphetamines, two counts of possession of narcotics, two counts of possession of a dangerous drug and theft.

Potts was automatically terminated from AMR after he refused to take a drug test that was required of him by his supervisor, according to a police report.

An AMR supervisor told LaGrange officers on Oct. 23, the day Potts left his job, he suspected the employee had been coming to work under the influence of drugs.

The supervisor said when he escorted the medic for a drug test he became irate and left.

According to the AMR supervisor, as he conducted an inventory of Potts’s medic bag, he found intravenous drugs and kits that should not have been inside the bag — including derivatives of the antipsychotic drug Haldol, the anti-anxiety drug Valium, Benadryl and two separate types of testosterone-boosting steroids.

The supervisor also said he found a homemade sheath of a surgical mask containing a suspected methamphetamine pipe along with meth residue, a clear plastic temperature bottle containing suspected urine and an unopened heating pad. According to the supervisor, the last two items indicated Potts was prepared to falsify a drug test at any time.

In addition, a prescription bottle containing the prescription antibiotic Amoxicillin and another bottle filled with Piroxicam, an arthritis medication, with a name on label other than the medic’s were also discovered in the employee’s medic bag, the supervisor stated.

LaGrange police issued warrants for Potts’ arrest.

According to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, as of Tuesday night Potts remained in the Troup County Jail.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.