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Disturbance report ends in drug arrest
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TRINITY – A report of a man “banging” on a residential door early Saturday, Aug. 14, ended with the arrest of a local man on a drug possession charge. Karlos Fransaw, 30, was arrested about 1:15 a.m. Saturday by Officer Justin Sikes and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. According to Police Chief Steve Jones, the incident began when a woman called police and said a man had banging on her door and set off her burglar alarm. Jones said when Sikes arrived in the area, he found a suspect in front of 103 Aspen and stopped to question him. “The suspect appeared to be intoxicated and Officer Sikes subsequently found a small baggy contained cocaine in his (shirt) pocket,” Jones said. During a later search, the officer reported finding several small baggies containing a residue of cocaine in the suspect’s wallet along with a straw believed to have been used to snort cocaine. Fransaw was later released after posting a $4,000 bond set by Municipal Judge Howard Kinsel. In other recent police activity, two people were arrested on Thursday, Aug. 12, on misdemeanor possession of controlled substance charges. Charged were Gary “Big Daddy” Watson, 56, and Carla Wars, 35. Watson was subsequently released after posting a $3,500 bond while Wars was released on a personal recognizance bond. Jones said that about 3:28 p.m. on Aug. 12, Officer Donald Givens stopped a vehicle on West Main Street in Trinity. Shortly after the stop, Jones said he and K-9 Narcotics Officer Randy Wheeler arrived at the scene. During the investigation, officers discovered a number of pills, identified as hydrocodone. Jones said neither of the suspects has a prescription for the drug. Jones noted that the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington, D.C., has noted that the abuse of prescription drugs, such as hydrocodone, has been on the rise, especially among teens and young adults. During the past year, abuse of prescription pain killers now ranks second behind marijuana as the nation’s more prevalent illegal drug problem.