Columbus police: Man who claimed he was house sitting found with almost $1K worth of drugs

A man who told police he was house sitting was found with almost $1,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine, Columbus police said.

Kevin Devon Lane, 23, is charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, obstruction of an officer and loitering, reports state.

According to police, officers patrolling Coolidge Avenue and Forsyth Street about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday spotted Lane sitting on the front steps of a house known for drug sales. One of the officers asked Lane what he was doing, and Lane said he was house sitting for “Ricky.”

The officer knew that Ricky had moved about a month earlier. After checking with neighbors, officers learned Rickey hasn’t been seen in about the same amount of time, reports state.

Police say Lane tried to call Ricky but got no answer. An officer then told Lane he’d be given a court summons for loitering. The officer started to search Lane, who then started running from the scene.

Officers caught Lane after a brief chase and spotted him throw a container about 10 feet away. They later found the container, which had $910 worth of suspected crack cocaine, reports state.

Lane was then taken to the Muscogee County Jail.