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Two charged for alleged meth trafficking

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Elaine Rackley

erackley@henryherald.com

Two men were arrested Wednesday after allegedly selling methamphetamine to undercover agents at a Stockbridge gas station.

One surrendered to authorities, peacefully, while the other led officers on a short "foot chase."

Michael David Batchlor, of Forest Park, and Grady William Barnes, of Rex, were apprehended by the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force around 9: 30 p.m., at the Texaco gas station, located at 1247 Eagles Landing Pkwy.

Batchlor, 35, and Barnes, 44, are charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Robert Godwin heard their case Thursday. Barnes was represented by the Henry County Public Defender's Office. His case was bound over to Henry County Superior Court.

Judge Godwin did not set a bond for Barnes, or for Batchlor, whose case was reset for April 29, to allow him time to secure representation.

Agents of the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force were investigating illegal drugs being sold in McDonough and Locust Grove, said agent William Shelton. "Undercover agents arranged a deal with Grady Barnes and Michael Batchlor," said Shelton. "They were to deliver an ounce of methamphetamine for $1,700."

The task force agent declared both men allegedly had been supplying the illegal drug to people in Locust Grove. "They kept changing the meeting location, and finally, we met them at the Texaco," said the agent.

Once the agent met with Barnes and Batchlor, Barnes allegedly indicated he had the methamphetamine, the agent said.

"I signaled the other agents, he had the drugs on him," said Shelton. "They [task force agents] moved in to make the arrest, at which point, Batchlor took off running."

Agents Jason Sanders and Larry King caught Batchlor after a "short foot chase," added Shelton.

"He ran from the Texaco to a wooded area behind the Waffle House, where they caught him," the agent continued.

Agents recovered two sets of digital scales, baggies, and a meth pipe, they said. They also found two-and-a-half grams of methamphetamine in the console of a truck, according to Shelton.

Maj. Chad Rosborough, of the task force, said agents followed the drug case from beginning to end. "They did an outstanding job investigating this case," said Rosborough. "They worked it from the bottom buyers, to the top drug dealers."