NWGA Scanner | April 3rd, 2021
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on March 18th, 2021, at around 4:50 PM, Sgt. Wade responded to West Little Indian in reference to a previous call that Officer Doan responded to in regards to a female later identified as Emily Neal using vulgar language towards her children. Officer Doan was unable to make contact with anyone at 213 West Little Indian. The officer was advised that the female they were looking for was at 202 West Little Indian. Officer Wade made contact with a male who exited the house and stepped onto the front porch, and identified himself as Clinton West, 45, of Rome. Clinton was asked if Emily was at the residence, to which he stated no. When asked who was in the residence, Clinton stated it his him and his girlfriend and her children. While speaking with Clinton, a female exited the residence and was asked if she was Emily. Clinton turned towards her and stated, “Your name is Stacy,” with Emily correcting him, saying no, she was Emily. Immediately upon Clinton and Emily exiting the house Officer reported he could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from within the residence. Emily advised both her kid’s age six and seven-years-old, were sitting on the couch watching cartoons. Sgt. Wade reported, “[I] advised Clinton of the strong odor of marijuana coming from within his residence and advised him that gave me probable cause to obtain a Search Warrant for his residence. Clinton was ensured that he was being informed of the formal procedures, which is why he was being advised that. [I] asked Clinton how much marijuana was inside of the residence, to which he stated there was not any more marijuana inside of the house. Clinton was asked how much marijuana was inside of the house, to which he stated there was none that they had smoked in the bathroom.” Clinton was asked what else was in the house was he worried about, to which he replied, “not particularly”. His girlfriend, Marrissa Shuler, continually stated to the officer that she had just come down to the residence to visit. Lt. Hovers arrived on the scene to assist with the incident. While being questioned further, Clinton hesitated saying, “I’m gonna plead the 5th”. Clinton then allowed officers to search his house, stating, “go ahead”. Upon entering the house in plain view sitting on the bar in the kitchen, was a mason jar that had loose marijuana within the jar as well as the .22 revolver. Officers located a red box that contained a pipe kit that had a white crystal substance inside of it suspected of being methamphetamine, several scales, several smoking devices as well as Zip Loc baggies that are commonly used to repackage narcotics for resale. Sgt. Wade reported, “Finding the scales, a large amount of marijuana and the zip loc baggies led me to believe that Clinton was more than just a user but also selling illegal drugs.” A metal container was also located on the bar which contained purple and blue pills. A blue pill bottle was also located on the bar that contained several white pills already packaged in a baggy inside of the pill bottle. Also on the bar countertop were two bags with a white crystal substance inside of them which is suspected of being methamphetamine. DFCS was contacted to respond due to Emily allowing her children to be in a house while they were smoking marijuana as well as in a house with multiple illegal substances within close distance to where they were. Officers went on to locate more meth and other drug-related objects. Clinton was arrested and escorted out of the house. Lt. Hovers then contacted the Rome/Floyd Metro Task Force to obtain a search warrant. Clinton was transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was booked charged with possession of meth, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a schedule II and IV controlled substance, possession of drug-related objects, drugs not in original container, possession of marijuana, three counts distribution of a counterfeit substance and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.