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Man arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

A Florida man was arrested in Clayton County after allegedly attempting to evade authorities, in a car that police say contained 70 pounds of suspected cocaine.

Henry Alberto Carty, 23, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was arrested on Tuesday around 4:45 p.m., according to Clayton County Magistrate Court records. The arrest occurred following a high-speed chase that ensued after a Georgia State trooper attempted to conduct a standard traffic stop for alleged speeding, court records state.

Georgia State Patrol Spokesperson Gordy Wright said the trooper attempted to pull over a Saturn vehicle on Interstate 75, near Old Dixie Highway. He said Carty, however, fled the scene on an access road between Old Dixie Highway and Forest Parkway.

According to court records, Carty led the trooper on an 80 mph chase, in a 45 mph zone. Wright said after the trooper forced an end to the chase, Carty took off on foot across Interstate 75.

"A trooper initiated the PIT Maneuver and brought the vehicle to a stop, at which time the driver jumped from the vehicle, ran across the Interstate and into a wooded area, on the west side of I-75," Wright said, in a written statement. "Following a 20-minute search of the area, the man was taken into custody."

According to Wright, troopers found approximately 70 pounds of suspected cocaine in Carty's vehicle, following the chase. He said Carty was taken to the Clayton County Jail, and charged with trafficking cocaine, felony fleeing and attempting to elude police, obstruction, and speeding.

Carty's bond has been set at $30,000, according to Clayton County Magistrate Court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Carty on Aug. 12, at 3 p.m., in Clayton County Magistrate Court.