Police halt drug sale on cart path

Mon, 07/31/2006 - 9:53am
By: John Munford

Meth, crack found at suspect’s PTC home

A drug dealer peddling from a golf cart near the Kedron Fieldhouse in Peachtree City was arrested early Saturday evening by officers who were tailing him, police said.

Randall Adam Phillips, 24, of Santolina Park, Peachtree City, was under surveillance when he tried to make a drug transaction with another person on the cart path next to Las Brasis Court in the Kedron Village area, police said.

In the minutes leading up to the arrest, officers blocked off both ends of the cart path so citizens wouldn’t be endangered if a melee occurred during the arrest, said Police Chief James Murray.

Officers later found 15 prepackaged baggies of crystal methamphetamine — commonly referred to as “ice” — along with some crack cocaine and valium at Phillips’s house, police said. Police also found a list of prospective drug buyers, some cash, scales and other drug-related items at the house, police said.

Persons who were on Phillips’s list should go ahead and turn themselves in, Murray said, because more arrests are forthcoming based on that list and other evidence in the case.

Phillips was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug-related objects.

The arrest underscores the fact that there are people who live in Peachtree City and sell drugs here too, Murray said.

Citizens on the cart path are urged to be on the lookout for the same golf cart and/or people coming to the same location day in and day out, Murray said. That and other suspicious activity should be reported to the department’s crime tip line at 770-631-2510, the chief said.

Although police may not respond to the scene immediately, that information could be vital to cracking a case in an active investigation, Murray noted.

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Submitted by tampabayjay on Tue, 08/01/2006 - 4:10pm.

Keep up the good work PTCPD! We all appreciate and applaud your efforts. Maybe, since more drugs were found in the perps house, PTC can confiscate and auction off the property to help pay for even more officers.

Submitted by PTCitizen on Tue, 08/01/2006 - 8:52am.

Good job as usual to PTC PD. I know there is a lot more of this kind of thing happening than they are catching - but what do you expect when your city council and management won't step outside of their little bubbles and see that we need more police officers. I was very saddened by their attitude towards law enforcement and fire services at a council meeting/budget hearing that I attended last month. I was mostly there about the senior center issue, but I couldn't beleive how a city like this is treating their employees. I need to research it more, but it sounds like they are cutting the employee benefeits on top of not giving Murray the officer's that he requested for things like golf cart patrol. I bet if we had more officers working on this kind of case we'd see a lot these kind of cases busted, and consequently a reduction in other crime problems.

Submitted by Sailon on Tue, 08/01/2006 - 12:34pm.

I've lived here 25 years in PTC, and I recall at least two other budget hearings, I'm sure there has been more over the years, where more headcounts were requested to patrol the golf cart paths--it just never happens on a regular basis. The reason has also been used numerous times to buy special equipment to patrol the paths and businesses-- again, it just doesn't happen on a regular basis. They are assigned to computers, or door checking, or speed control, or everybody to every wreck or consternation, or paperwork, or, or, or.....It is human nature for such crappy duty as path patrol at midnight. If made to do it, the police will issue tickets for looking cross-eyed, until people force them to stop--what they want to do, anyway. It can be done with good organization and insistence.

Submitted by procraft1640 on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 8:58pm.

of what your talking about. If you are so down on the PTC Police Force and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office why don't you just move? I for one am very proud of the men and women who serve with the PTC Police Department. As a parent of one of them I guess I am bias. I do know they patrol the cart paths almost every day. Even today when the heat index was well over 100 degrees they were out there on the bikes. Where were you? In your A/C house with your feet propped up typing on the computer! I guess that I am just sick of your constant complaining and always cutting down of the law enforcement we have here in Fayette County.......MOVE PLEASE

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 10:21pm.

I couldn't have said it better. Maybe with more sarcasim, but not better.

Submitted by Swartzerized on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 8:30pm.

Twenty-five years highgreen and it appears you've contributed nothing to this community but your whining. If you can't understand anything else, you should understand that additional cops are needed if you really take path system patrol seriously. Path patrols do not happen regularly because people like you want to keep the police department understaffed. You can't see that because your mind is clouded by your biases so just deal with it. For many years I've donated countless hours of volunteer work with the police department and other city departments. So, I know what I'm talking about. I want to know it you do. What special equipment (in the past 25 years) are you talking about. If you really know,list it in your blogg and let's discuss it. But please, while your spouting off at the mouth don't count equipment, bikes and golf carts that were donated by businesses and the good citizens of this community. If you can't come up with a list, than your obviously wrong and don't know what you’re talking about. If you don't know what your talking about, you are obviously a fraud. I'll wait for your response. The city's investment in path patrol has been miniscule compared to the bang for its buck. Have you forgot about the arrest of the guy who was in the process of trying to find a child to abduct in the Rock Spray area? Have you forgot the attack on the girl where an officer chased the guy down and apprehended him him? How about the truck driver's attack on the two females. Did you know that a bike patrol officer apprehended him? How about the recent drug arrests and the many flashers caught by our police. How about the bike safety rodeos and other community activities. I am very confident that if I did just a little research on the matter, I could go on.

By the way, assigning cops to computers (have you ever heard of computer crimes), door checking (I assume you mean businesses and checking houses), speed control (traffic enforcement), car wrecks and completing paperwork (I guess its good to work wrecks and write reports) sounds like good administration to me. Man, I’m surprised your not whining about the cops answering calls or saving lives!

Great job! highgreen, you managed once again to make a genuine fool of yourself and your management philosophy.

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Submitted by Git Real on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 9:10pm.

I think he was busted for dealing drugs off the cart path around Harmony Village. We may not be hearing from him for a while. No wonder he hates the police.

Thanks PTC Law Guys for your great work. Get those predators that were hanging out with Highgreen and whooped up on that kid. Was that 14 year old kid buying drugs by chance while driving illegaly on that golf cart?

Submitted by Harvey on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 9:24pm.

Who was it we were talking about?

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 10:18pm.

Later highongreen

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Submitted by Git Real on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 9:39pm.

I think one of your PTC peers got him Harvey. Watch out buddy...I think Undercover is hiding in the bushes and plans to get one you guys. You might need to run a psychological profile on her. That's one scary chick. Also that Yada Yada gal. Dangerous that one is.

Submitted by cleo on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 11:05pm.

Your a pathetic lonely guy who needs to get a life.
You can't seem to take negative comments very well
which leads me to believe you are a little unstable.
Poor guy!

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Submitted by Git Real on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 11:11pm.

I believe I've taken your negative comments pretty well. Glad I'm still up. I take frequent breaks in between my evening work here and it is a joy to be around when you show up. I'm finished up so we can talk if you want. I guess your wanting to pick a fight tonight. Ok..I'll play again.

Signed a Pathetic Lonely Lifeless Unstable Poor Guy. Idiot...help me out here..you've given me so many handles I just can't seem to keep up.

Submitted by cleo on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 11:22pm.

how many ex-wives do you have because you are a nut case.
I'm not wasting my time with you-your crazy!

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Submitted by Git Real on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 11:28pm.

Have you looked in the mirror? Perhaps you and I could go down in a blaze of glory together.

And that's "you're" not "your". Guess you need spell check too! What say you and I hook-up with all we have in common. You would make a really good ex-wife to add to my supposed collection.

Signed... A Nut Case, Mulitple Divorcee, Crazy Guy.

Submitted by cleo on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 11:36pm.

Go to bed sweetie because it's past your bedtime.

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Submitted by Git Real on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 11:38pm.

I can handle it. And I'll be up at 5:45 and will be extremely productive during the day. How about you? And thanks....that's the nicest thing you've ever said to me.

Well...guess I had better turn it in. Undercover apparently desires to not trash the sheriffs department tonight. I think she came on just to see me. I'm flattered but...yawn...really not interested. Chatting with UC may get a little passionate but I'm concerned that perhaps she may have boiled a live rabbit at one time in her life.

Submitted by Harvey on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 9:52pm.

I was surprised you picked up on it so quickly.

As for yada yada yada, probably wouldn't surprise you to know I've dodged a wine bottle or two in my lifetime.

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Submitted by Git Real on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 10:07pm.

You troll around a bit with a couple of baiting comments and they come unglued exposing themselves. I may not be batting a 100% but I'll toot my own horn and predict 75.

Watch Eye-wink

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Submitted by All Smiles on Tue, 08/01/2006 - 5:13am.

That's the way to take a bite out of crime!! GREAT JOB!!

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 8:47pm.

Police halt drug sale on cart path

That just sounds wrong. It's like saying "Police halt bank robbery".

What about “Police Bust Drug Dealer on Cart Path”.

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 4:07pm.

Awesome job, as usual.

Hello all of you criminals out there, yeah thats right ...you with the crack pipe....yeah see we don't like you here get it? Our police officers are the best and so is our sheriff's dept.(they don't like you either) they can take you down while they are blindfoled with one arm tied behind their back.
Bye Bye now, time to move on. Don't go away mad just go away!

Submitted by flip212 on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 10:05am.

Great job PTC Police! Lets hope the courts do their part now and send this scum away for a long time.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 10:48am.

Great timing. While we have been debating our trail safety and the Silver Comet, the PTC Police show that they are about as up to the task as any agency could be. Let's reward their efforts and critically evaluate their requests for an increase. There is a lot more stuff that happens on the cart paths than the public knows about. Example: an unamed officer on bike patrol disrupted a sexual attack on a jogger and cuffed that prior convicted sex offender on the comfy asphalt lane markers of Crosstown Drive. (Assist goes to the lady who alerted the bike cop extraordinaire). The courts and lawyers may put these losers into prayer groups and probation love fests but at least our local guys will make the arrest. Ditto for the Deputies.

I love Jim Murray. He has never backed up an inch. If my kid gets a DUI I will still love him but he can pay the price just like everyone else. To Chief Murray, you have made my day with the quote "They [the customers] need to turn themselves in...." And thank you to the undercover folks. That is a super high stress job.

We may fail to make our County and these golf cart paths safe but lets just give it a try. I think we have the horses to do it. Let's fund 'em....Hell, with all the money we have pissed away on law suits, lawyers, blah, blah, blah, I don't mind spending it on law enforcement.

Submitted by Sailon on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 2:47pm.

He disrupted someone from raping a woman on the bike trail? How did the trial go? Didn't hear about either.

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 4:00pm.

It just happened recently..... you are in my neighbors 3rd grade class aren't you??? I knew it...study hard this year......

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Submitted by Git Real on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 10:47am.

In spite of what Highgreen and Bladder say the rest of us give you guys a Roaring Well Done. The only thing that would make this story better would be that the PTC Law Guys had to use a couple of fire extinguishers on them

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 4:37pm.

Whatever you want to call it, they know how to put "the cure" on young belligerent offenders.
The only problem with our cops is they are too polite and nice. But, if that is the worst problem we have I guess that is pretty good.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 10:51am.

Pinata Time in PTC---- and we don't mean Cinco de Mayo !!!

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