Four charged in conspiracy to traffic nearly two ounces of meth

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 3, 2013 

Four people faced methamphetamine possession charges during a Recorder's Court hearing Wednesday after they were connected to a conspiracy to sell nearly two ounces of meth.

Daniel Aldrich, 35, was charged with possession of meth, conspiracy to sell meth, possession of marijuana, obstructing an officer and possession of drug related objects.

Adam Hattaway, 26, was charged with possession of meth, conspiracy to sell meth, possession of drug related objects and possession of marijuana.

Crystal Griggs, 32, faced two counts of possession of meth, four counts of possession of Schedule II drugs, one count of trafficking meth and conspiracy to sell meth.

Leslie Talley, 20, was charged with possession of meth and possession of a Schedule III drug.

The officer told the court that on Saturday the Columbus Police Special Operations Unit was conducting an investigation concerning meth trafficking. An undercover officer arranged to purchase meth from Aldrich with the intent to arrest him once contact was made.

Aldrich and the undercover agent arranged to meet at near The Shoppes at Bradley Park that afternoon. Aldrich changed the location time and place several times. Eventually, the agent met with Aldrich near Infinity Nails on Bradley Park Drive.

When officers started to arrest Aldrich, he ran, attempted to jump a nearby fence and fell. Officers recovered a McDonald's bag near him which had close to an ounce of meth inside wrapped up in a napkin. Police also recovered the cell phone Aldrich used to make the rendezvous.

Inside Aldrich's car, police found a small amount of marijuana and a digital scale.

Griggs, Hattaway and Talley were also implicated in the planned transaction and were nearby during the rendezvous. While placing the Griggs in custody, an officer found a room key for an unspecified Microtel in Columbus. Police obtained a search warrant for the room and found several of Griggs' personal effects, in addition to two bags containing close to one ounce of meth, a pill bottle containing an assorted amount of Hydrocodone, Diazepam, Klonopin and Dextroamphetamine.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Aldrich's bond at $51,500. Hattaway's bond was set at $51,000. Griggs' bond was set at $140,000. Leslie Talley's bond was set at $25,500.

These cases have been forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.

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