VPD makes flakka, cocaine arrest

Ramecia Burgman

VALDOSTA — A Valdosta man was arrested early Friday morning and stands accused of possessing the drug known as flakka with the intent to distribute it.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., a Valdosta Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a black GMC Yukon for defective equipment in the 300 block of Old Statenville Road. During the stop, the officer determined the vehicle was not insured and had to be towed, according to Lt. Kari Williams.

“While waiting for the wrecker, an officer observed the passenger of the vehicle place a clear plastic container into the driver’s purse while she was not looking,” said Williams. “Officers searched the purse and found approximately 5.46 grams of Alpha-PVP (flakka), approximately 5.95 grams of cocaine and approximately 7.49 grams of crack cocaine.”

The passenger, Ramecia Burgman, 39, was charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of Alpha-PVP with the intent to distribute. He was transported to the Lowndes County Jail.

“We are seeing more and more of these cases, and it’s imperative that friends and family members who are aware or are suspicious that someone they know is using this stuff to contact law enforcement,” said VPD Chief Brian Childress. “When individuals take this stuff, they can become very unstable and erratic.”

Adam Floyd is a crime reporter at the Valdosta Daily Times.

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