NWGA Scanner | January 21st, 2022

Chattooga County men found trafficking meth after Floyd County K-9 alerts on truck

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on January 12th, 2022, 5:39 PM, K-9 Handler Lieutenant Christopher Hovers assisted Officer Harbin with a traffic stop he had conducted due to a suspended registration on the lot of Even Store on GA 20 west. Lieutenant Hovers reported, “[I] approached the driver identified as Ricky Wayne Sims, 62, of Lyerly, and explained the reason he was being stopped and stated he did not have anything in his vehicle that would get him in trouble. As Officer Harbin had the passenger identified as Stevie Wayne Lingerfelt, 56 of Summerville, sit on the front of my patrol vehicle, [I] deployed K-9 Lex, brought him up to the vehicle in question, and placed him in the seated position. A command of a free air sniff was given as Lex began to work. Lex started by jumping right into the bed of the truck on his own and sniffed until he reached the back window. Lex began pawing (active alert) at the back window and would not come off until he was re-directed. Lex continued his sniff the passenger side (during this [I] could clearly observe suspected bag of meth in the middle of the seat) of the truck making his way to the driver side where he jumped back into the bed and right up to the back window and started pawing (active alerting) again. With the pawing, his breathing had increased, and pawing became faster. Lex again was re-directed off the bed of the truck and continued to sniff around the vehicle once again. As he came to the driver’s side door, he came to a final alert response by placing himself into the seated position. Lex was then removed and placed back into our patrol vehicle.” According to the report, “A search of the vehicle yielded two large bags of suspect meth just laying in the middle of the beach seat. Lieutenant Hovers reported, “Once recovered [I] asked both subjects if it had belonged to them and both stated no and attempted to blame each other.” Ricky and Stevie were both arrested and transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with possession of meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, and trafficking methamphetamine. The narcotics, along with cell phones, were turned over to HIDTA DEA Sgt Meyers.