Two months ago, Dennis Reid wouldn't have been lying when he told Columbus Police he works with the Enterprise, Ala. Police Department.
The 33-year-old ex-officer, who is under investigation by his former department for involvement with narcotics and theft, found himself with more drug-related charges after he was arrested along with two others at an unspecified Circle K.
Reid faced charges of false information, impersonating a police officer, loitering, drug related objects, possession of marijuana and possession of meth with intent to distribute during a Monday morning Recorder's Court hearing.
His alleged accomplices, 31-year-old Michael Jolley and 28-year-old Shanna Kirkland, faced the same drug-related charges. Jolley shared an additional charge of false information.
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Officer Jason Swails told the court Reid and Kirkland were approached shortly after midnight Sunday after they were seen sitting in a car outside the Circle K, at 4410 Macon Rd., past its business hours. While Reid alleged that he could not remember the name of the friend they were meeting, Kirkland was allegedly cooperative, telling Swails they were waiting on Jolley, who was supposed to be retrieving a vehicle they were intending to buy at his house.
Beyond being at the business after hours, Reid's arms, bruises and his tales of being a police officer in Alabama raised alarms for Swails.
Reid sported a black eye, and told the officer he had been assaulted earlier in the evening, though the details of that assault were not immediately available. Reid's arms also allegedly had track marks down them, which Reid explained by saying he "shoots up" testosterone.
In addition to claiming previous employment with the Enterprise Police Department, Reid claimed to have worked with the Coffee County Sheriff's Office at a previous time. But he had no ID, so Swails resolved to contact the police department.
A phone call to the two departments revealed that Reid had worked with the Enterprise Police Department two months before, but had been fired after he came under investigation for theft and use of narcotics. Swails told the court Reid has several warrants out on him from the Police Department.
After discovering the investigation in Alabama, Swails asked Reid if he could search the vehicle, a request Reid allegedly vehemently declined. He told the officer the car wasn't his, and he wouldn't feel comfortable giving that permission. Both Reid and Kirkland were detained while officers investigated.
The officers looked through the window and spotted a digital scale and what looked like drug paraphernalia near Kirkland's purse in the passenger seat. Having obtained probable cause, Swails and the other officer searched the vehicle and found the following: a digital scale, 2.5 grams of methamphetamine and several baggies for repackaging, several used and unused syringes and 2 grams of marijuana divided between three bags. The meth was valued at $250. The marijuana was valued at $20.
Around this time, Jolley arrived and began approaching the group. He told officers he was meeting back up with Kirkland and Reid to sell a motorcycle, but he had no motorcycle with him. When officers asked to see the $5,000 he allegedly received for the bike, he told police he left the vehicle there and had not received payment, most likely meaning the motorcycle was stolen.
Given that Jolley's story differed from Kirkland's, that officers allegedly noticed track marks on Jolley's arms, police put Jolley in temporary custody. His charge of false information was cemented when Kirkland allegedly admitted to shooting up with Jolley in the past.
Initially, Jolley was not going to be given drug-related charges. While on scene, however, he learned that Reid was being taken to jail for the contraband found inside the car. He insisted the officer arrest him instead, saying that Reid had a family to take care of.
"I don't believe he was part of it," Swails said. "But he said the drugs were his, so I decided to let the court look at the charges."
Judge Michael Cielinski set Reid's bond at $16,000, plus a $250 fine for false information. Jolley received the same fine in addition to a $6,000 bond, which was the same bond amount set for Kirkland.
Their cases will be forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.