Court: Lies, bad parking led to meth arrest near 16th Avenue

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 31, 2013 

"K.B." — those are the initials Crystal Warner and Anthony Burt's arrests revolved around after they were arrested for methamphetamine charges Wednesday, according to court testimony.

Warner, 34, faced charges of intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects during a Thursday morning Recorder's Court hearing. Burt, 27, also was charged with possession of drug related objects.

When an officer found Warner and Burt Wednesday afternoon, they were allegedly sitting in a car parked so poorly that it jutted prominently into the roadway. The two were parked outside an apartment complex on the 2300 block of 16th Avenue.

Warner emphatically denied to officers that she drove the car, saying a man named "K.B." was chauffeuring her, as her license is suspended. However, neither Burt and Warner could say what K.B.'s full name was, why they had stopped there or where the missing driver had gone.

So, the officer asked for permission to search the car. In the center console, he found several plastic bags inside a black bag. Most were empty, but two contained a collective 1.2 grams of meth, valued at about $120.

A digital scale was also found.

Both occupants denied possession of the drugs, and initially Warner denied ownership of the car as well. However, after she was detained, she claimed the vehicle and was charged.

The affair was almost over with for Burt, who was released after Warner took possession of the car. However, the remaining mystery surrounding K.B. led to a second arrest later, the officer told the court.

Before his release, Burt allegedly confided to officers that Warner "should know K.B., as she had been kissing on him all day." The detectives were able to obtain K.B.'s real name, and embarked on a manhunt for him.

The man has not yet been arrested. His name was not immediately available.

Once detectives figured out K.B.'s identity, the officer said they also learned Burt was his cousin. A second search for Burt was launched. Police picked him up near 13th Street, where he was charged again with possessing a drug related object after he was found with a syringe full of brown liquid.

According to court testimony, Burt initially told officers he had the syringe because he was a diabetic.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Warner's bond at $5,500. Burt's was set at $500. Both will have their cases forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.

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