Sleeping men busted for crack at convenience store

A Columbus man and a Phenix City man were arrested for possession of crack cocaine after being found sleeping in a car at a Manchester Expressway convenience store Sunday morning, according to police reports.

Charles Frederick Roberts, 46, of 3118 Bellanca St. in Columbus, and Phillip Earnest Fuller, 53, of 2641 Lee Road 240, Phenix City, were arrested at the Spectrum store at 1645 Manchester Expressway Sunday at 10 a.m., the reports state.

Police were called to the store when two men were seen sleeping in a 2007 Chrysler 300. Roberts, who was in the driver’s seat, initially told police that a woman had been driving the vehicle, but had left. He later admitted that he had been driving, reports state.

When officers asked if they could search him, Roberts told police he had needles in his pockets because he does crack cocaine. When police told the men to get out of the car, two rocks of suspected crack were spotted on one of the seats.

Both men were charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Roberts was also charged with possession of drug- related objects. Fuller was also found to have an outstanding contempt of court warrant. They were scheduled to appear in Recorder’s Court this morning at 9 ‘clock.