Atlanta man faces cocaine charge in Henry

By Jason A. Smith


Authorities in Henry County have charged an Atlanta man with several crimes, including cocaine possession, after he was reportedly caught looking through trash cans at a gas station.

Darryl Scott Petty, 46, is charged with possession of cocaine, driving with a suspended license, use of a license plate to conceal the identity of a vehicle, driving without insurance and an open-container violation. He was being held Friday in the Henry County Jail on $17,105 bond.

Henry County Police said they apprehended Petty early Wednesday morning, in the parking lot of a Texaco gas station on Ga. Highway 20 West in McDonough. According to Police Capt. Jason Bolton, an officer saw Petty going through garbage cans and approached him.

"A consent search revealed ... suspected cocaine in his wallet," said Bolton. "The vehicle that he had driven to the store was a Hyundai Sonata, that had a license plate on it that belonged to a different vehicle."

Police said the Sonata reportedly had no insurance, and an open container of beer was located in the car's center console. Petty also had a suspended driver's license at the time of his arrest, Bolton said.

Petty was represented by the Public Defender's Office at his appearance in Magistrate Court Wednesday. His case was bound over to Henry County Superior Court.