Albany man arrested for meth

Published 5:39 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A routine traffic checkpoint on Friday conducted by Bainbridge Public Safety and Georgia State Patrol led to the arrest of Franshwa Riggins, of Albany, for meth.

Riggins was arrested for trafficking methamphetamines, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, driving while license suspended or revoked, obstructing officers, striking a fixed object and an illegal u-turn.

According to BPS Investigator Mark Esquivel, GSP trooper Darren Heard was checking a vehicle when he noticed a grey Impala approaching slowly, then turn and travel down West Street.

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“Trooper Heard got in his car, pursued the vehicle, the vehicle took a left on Barber Street traveling west,” said Esquivel. “When Trooper Heard took a left on Barber, he saw that it wrecked into a house.”

The suspect got out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but ran toward Heard who detained him, according to Esquivel.

“Trooper Heard then searched the car and found a sandwich bag that had 93 Xanax bars in it on the driver-side floor board,” said Esquivel. “The meth was in a Tupperware container in the roadway.”

Esquivel believes that the meth weighs a little more than two pounds.