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Two local men had drugs near school, park, say cops

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Two Forest Park men were arrested Tuesday for possession of crack cocaine less than 1,000 feet from both an elementary school and a public park, said police.

John West Hartsfield, who will be 70 on July 6, and his neighbor, Felix Timothy Irving, 43, are charged with two counts of Violation of Georgia's Controlled Substances Act, drug trafficking less than 1,000 feet of a park and possession of a controlled substance near a school.

Police allege Hartsfield had a white pill bottle with five purple baggies, with 1.3 grams of crack cocaine in his front pocket. Police said Irving had a black 35 mm film container in his pocket with three baggies, also containing crack cocaine.

Police said the men had the drugs 621 feet from Fountain Elementary School and 155 feet from Perkins City Park, both in Forest Park.

They are being held in the Clayton County Jail. Hartsfield has a $30,000 bond. Irving was on probation for traffic convictions at the time of his arrest and has no bond, according to court and jail records.

-- Kathy Jefcoats