By Jessie Williams
A report of a lost child on Monday, June 15, led law enforcement to approximately 53 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 6 grams of marijuana, and various drug paraphernalia.
According to Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, of the Macon County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Bobby Jacobi responded to the Maple Grove Road area where it was reported a juvenile was lost and couldn’t find her parents.
Assisting Deputy Jacobi was Sergeant Kyle Petty, Detective Jacob McClard and officers from the Lafayette Police Department.
After speaking with the female juvenile, officers were able to get a description of her parent’s car and began searching for it in a small trailer park near the area where the girl was being interviewed.
After locating a vehicle that matched her description, officers approached the residence to speak with the homeowner. At that time, two individuals were seen running from the home.
Officers began chasing the individuals and observed the female suspect, later identified as Tosha Wooten, throwing her purse into the bushes during the pursuit.
Both individuals were detained by officers on Maple Grove Rd. and the purse was recovered.
Inside Wooten’s purse, law enforcement found a meth pipe, approximately 53 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 6 grams of marijuana, and various drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested and charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for resale, simple possession of a schedule VI drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest and resisting arrest.
The second person who fled from the house was interviewed and released.
The lost child was reunited with her parents by police, and it was discovered she had been playing with friends, wandered off and got lost.
The vehicle and residence Wooten ran from were unrelated to the child’s home and parents.
Mrs. Wooten’s bond was set at $55,200, and she is scheduled to appear in general sessions court on July 22, 2020.