Man arrested for cocaine possession, obstruction

Published 9:00 pm Monday, August 13, 2018

A Newnan man was arrested for cocaine possession and obstruction at Hood Street and West Point Street Friday night. According to the police report, an officer observed a vehicle start to make a right turn, stop and abruptly turn left at Sirrine and West Point Streets. 

After stopping the other vehicle, the officer met with the driver and the passenger, Ronnie Hopson, 46. While talking to police, Hopson was “sweating profusely” and would not make eye contact with the officer, according to the police report.

After asking for Hopson’s name, he gave police two false names. According to the police report, Hopson kept giving different names and birthdates to police.

After arresting Hopson for obstruction, police searched him and found a miniature blowtorch and a phone case containing a glass smoking device with suspected cocaine substance inside it, according to the police report. 

The officer asked the driver who Hopson was and she said she didn’t know his true identity. 

The driver then handed police Hopson’s wallet, which contained his driver’s license and gave officers his real name, according to the police report.

According to Troup County Jail arrest/release reports, Hopson was charged with cocaine possession, obstruction and possession of a drug related charge. His bond is $7,000. 

Couple accused of squatting 

at house

A couple has been allegedly squatting in a house on the 300 block of Horace King Street since June. According to the police report, the homeowner told police that two people have been entering a vacant home for rent and have been turning on the air conditioning and running water in the bathroom.

The owner told police that he found a mattress in one of the bedrooms. 

House burglarized

A $250 42-inch television was allegedly taken from a home at the 900 block of Callaway Avenue Friday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. According to the police report, muddy footprints were found in the back-bedroom’s carpet by a window, which was also found closed. 

Vehicle entered 

A Nike backpack and MacBook Air were allegedly taken from a vehicle at the 600 block of Broad Street between Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 6 a.m. The vehicle owner told police his wallet was also taken and some transactions had already been made on his debit card.

According to the police report, the backpack was valued at $70 and the MacBook was valued at $1,300.