Police: Confused loiterer caught with meth, paraphernalia

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 14, 2013 

John Preavy

A man seen loitering on 14th Avenue between 33rd and 35th Streets was arrested for meth possession Sunday morning after he was unable to tell police where he was or why he was there.

According to a Columbus police report, John Preavy was observed first Sunday at about 10:40 a.m. at the intersection of 14th Avenue and 35th Street before moving to 14th Avenue and 33rd Street.

An officer reportedly stopped and asked Preavy what he was doing. Preavy said he did not know where he was and then dropped three plastic bags between his legs, according to the report.

The officer exited his vehicle and continued talking with Preavy, who was reportedly "unable to provide a rational explanation" as to his whereabouts or purpose, only saying that he was visiting a "friend," with no further information.

According to the report, Preavy "finally agreed" with the officers that they were in Columbus.

Preavy's plastic bags contained three grams of methamphetamine; a search of his person following arrest revealed 16 more plastic bags and a small straw, all containing meth residue, police said.

Preavy was charged with possession of a controlled substance and loitering. He was taken to Muscogee County Jail.

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