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7/15/2013 12:10:00 PM
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A Greenwood man was arrested Sunday following a scuffle which ensued after police found drugs in the man’s pockets.

According to report from the Greenwood Police Department, officers on active patrol spotted a man, identified as John Patrick Covington, 26, of 503 Taggart Ave., walking on Kings Court who they knew from previous narcotics investigations. When police patted him down for weapons they felt a large bulge in his pocket. Covington then began to flee on foot.

According to the report, officers were able to catch Covington and get him to the ground. Covington puled two plastic bags from his pocket and attempted to throw them. The bags were later determined to contain marijuana and crack cocaine. Officers were able to handcuff Covington, but he continued thrashing about on the ground in an attempt to crush the drugs beneath his body. Covington was told numerous times to stop resisting, but continued to flail on the ground. Covington was told to stop or he would be tased. Covington continued and officers tased him.

According to the report, Covington was taken to Self Regional Medical Center, where he was later cleared for incarceration. While at the hospital, Covington voluntarily told officers that he had just purchased the crack so he could make some quick money to provide for his children. A criminal record check revealed that Covington had two previous crack-related charges.

According to the report, the crack cocaine weighed 6.6 grams and the marijuana weighed 1.8 grams. Covington has been charged with simple possession of marijuana, failure to stop on lawful command, resisting arrest and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, third offense.

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