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Car stopped in Athens for broken taillight leads to drug-related arrests

Melanie Lashay Baughns
Karrie Leigh Kight

By Joe Johnson

A traffic stop on a car with a broken taillight in Athens early Tuesday resulted in two drug-related arrests.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, an officer made the stop at about 3:30 a.m. after seeing the car traveling on North Chase Street.

The driver initially gave a false name, but Melanie Lashay Baughns’ true identity was determined from her driver’s license that was in the car, according to the report.

A computer check revealed that Baughns had three outstanding warrants for felony probation violations, and the officer saw an opened “shooter” bottle of vodka in the car’s center console, the report noted.

A subsequent search of the car located pill bottles containing heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in a bag under the driver's seat, along with two meth pipes with residue, straws, four baggies containing white powder, another pill bottle containing an unknown pink substance, and a bottle in the center console that held a single pill, according to the police report.

When searched, Baughns was to be found in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, the report noted.

The car’s only passenger, 38-year-old Karrie Leigh Kight of Greenwood Drive in Bogart, had 10 pills, the type of which were deleted from the police report, but the Clarke County Jail’s website indicated that Kight was booked in on charges of possession of alprazolam and possession of clonazepam.

Baughns, of Rocksprings Court, was charged with possession of hydrocodone, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, drug-related objects, and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer, according to the jail’s website.

She also was served with the probation violation warrants.

Kight was granted own recognizance bonds totaling $3,000 at a Wednesday morning bond hearing, according to the jail, and Baughns was being held without bail for the felony probation violations.

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