Comments Off on Shoplifting call at Bi-Lo in Dayton leads to discovery of 40 grams of Methamphetamine; John Spencer Manis, 31, of Georgetown, Tenn., and George Wesley Miller, 51, of Ooltewah, arrested

A call about shoplifters at Bi-Lo in Dayton eventually culminated with the arrest of two out-of-county men for possessing “one of the larger amounts” of methamphetamine that police have seen, according to law enforcement officials.

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John Spencer Manis, 31, of Georgetown, Tenn., and George Wesley Miller, 51, of Ooltewah, were arrested Friday after law enforcement found nearly 40 grams of methamphetamine in their possession, according to Dayton Police Department [DPD] arrest reports.

“That’s a big amount,” DPD Investigator Steve Rievley said. “Usually, when we arrest someone with meth, at the most they’ve got a few grams. If you can get someone with two or three grams, that’s a good amount.”

On Friday at around 11 a.m., Dayton police responded to Bi-Lo on a call regarding possible shoplifters.

“According to the complainant, two white males ran from the store and got into a white or silver SUV with Georgia tags,” the arrest report states.

Police officers then began searching the city for the vehicle, and DPD Sgt. Dean Smith eventually found the vehicle parked near Shoe Show in south Dayton.

“There was no one inside the vehicle so I used my patrol car to block the vehicle form leaving just in case the suspects returned,” Smith wrote in the report. “As I got out of my patrol car, two white males matching the description walked out of Shoe Show. I walked toward the two men intending to ask them about the complaint when both men took off running.”

Smith was able to catch one of the suspects, and Rievley said he and another officer were able to apprehend the other suspect near Dayco Drive after responding to the scene.546bc6fb36cf6_image

“After being placed under arrest, a glass pip used for smoking drugs was found in the top left pocket of Mr. Miller’s jacket,” Smith said.

After Manis and Miller were placed under arrest, police officers began searching the vehicle and found the nearly 40 grams of methamphetamine stashed in the SUV.

“We went through the vehicle and found meth in the glove box,” Rievely said. “We found one large bag weighing around 30 grams and 16 other smaller bags that were slightly less than a gram each.”

Police also found a hypodermic syringe lying in the front passenger side floor board, the report states.

“Both Mr. Miller and Mr. Manis denied ownership of the drugs,” Smith said in the report. “Mr. Miller did admit to driving the vehicle but stated that he doesn’t know who the vehicle belongs to.”

Manis was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale.

Miller was charged with driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale.

According to jail records, a $60,000 cash bond was set for both men, and they were still incarcerated at the Rhea County Jail as of press time Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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