LAGRANGE, Ga. — The apprehension of a Lee County man wanted for trafficking methamphetamine led to the arrest of a LaGrange woman and the pursuit of an additional individual, who is wanted for manufacturing and possession of meth.
According to a statement released by the Troup County Sheriff's Department, Damon Coggins — who was wanted in Lee County — was arrested by Troup County drug agents Monday at approximately 6 p.m. after the Troup County Sheriff's Department received information regarding his whereabouts.
Coggins was seen entering through the rear door of a Thornton Street home in LaGrange. The homeowner let law enforcement officials in and consented to a search. Officials also had information Tony Maxie Butler Jr. was allegedly making meth and staying at the residence with Candy Brooke Coggins, a resident of the Thornton Street home.
Officials are unsure of the relationship between Candy Coggins and Damon Coggins.
After agents questioned Candy Coggins, she took a glass smoking pipe used to ingest narcotics from her pocket. Agents also heard noises from the house's attic. They asked Candy Coggins if Butler was inside the attic, but she repeatedly said no and allowed a search of her bedroom.
The search yielded a purple backpack with drug paraphernalia. The backpack had several coffee filters inside a plastic bag, spoons, syringes and two small bags of meth inside a black case. Agents did not find Butler.
Candy Coggins was arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. Butler was never found, although the homeowner called 911 at approximately 7:40 p.m. to notify officials Butler was attempting to get out of the attic. Law enforcement officials believe Butler kicked open a closet door to leave the residence.
Troup County drug agents and LaGrange Police were dispatched and K9 unit was deployed, but Butler hasn't been found. He is described as 31 years old, white, 5-foot-11-inches, brown hair and weighing about 210 pounds.
Anyone with information on Butler's whereabouts is asked to call the Troup County Crime Stoppers hotline at (706) 812-1000 or notify 911.