Man arrested for daytime dealing meth in parking lot

Published 12:13 am Saturday, September 12, 2015

Tuesday evening, a Bainbridge man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines after off-duty investigators noticed his suspicious behavior in a store parking lot around 6 p.m.

Thomas Heath Bramblett, 32, of Bainbridge, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of a controlled substance.

Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Chip Nix and his wife Cheryl, who is an investigator with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, were stopping by a Shotwell Street store for a soda when they noticed a man who Nix described as being known for association with drugs in the area walking across the lot with a black zip-up bag.

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“He made it pretty obvious,” Nix said. “He had his little pouch.”

Nix said that he had dealt with the man before and found drug contraband in a similar black bag. The man entered a vehicle with Bramblett, and Nix said he could see the duo looking around the lot before trying to leave.

Nix approached the vehicle and saw needles, syringes, a spoon with burnt residue and a rubber band likely for use to “shoot up,” and he got consent to search the vehicle.
Nix found crystal meth under the seat and oxycodone pills on his person.

“It just goes to say a lot of times, they are not thinking,” Nix said about Bramblett dealing drugs in such a public place.

Bainbridge Public Safety officer Ken Williams assisted Nix with the arrest.