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Fayetteville Police: Lithonia man revealed to have loaded gun, drugs in illegally parked car

By Michael Cuneo

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville Police stumbled across a car parked after hours in the Pavilion parking lot on March 30, leading to the arrest of one man on drug-related charges.

Brenton Sherouis Champion, 35, of Lithonia, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug-related objects.

Champion was found inside a vehicle parked in front of the Marshals Department Store in the Fayetteville Pavilion along with a female acquaintance.

Fayetteville Spokesperson Marie Ann Burdett said the officer who arrived on the scene detected the smell of marijuana.

“The officer parked her patrol vehicle, and an unidentified black male exited his vehicle and began approaching the officer. The officer instructed the male to return to his vehicle.” Burdett said.

“The officer detected a strong odor of suspected marijuana emitting from the vehicle. An unidentified female subject also occupied the vehicle.”

The officer placed both individuals in handcuffs and searched the vehicle. A loaded handgun and drug-related objects were identified during the search.

“During the vehicle search, the officer observed and located a suspected marijuana cigarette, several packets of cigar papers commonly used to roll marijuana, and a loaded handgun under the right passenger seat,” Burdett said.

Prescription pills and a suspected THC vape cartridge were also located in the vehicle.

“A black bag behind the passenger seat had weighing scales with a residue of white powder on it, a glass jar with suspected THC wax, and loose Schedule I prescription pills,” Burdett said.

Officers confirmed that the handgun was not illegally obtained and checked both parties’ criminal histories.

“The handgun returned with no criminal history. The female subject was asked about the pills, and the subject said she did not know anything about the pills.” Burdett said.

Champion, who was discovered to have previous felony offenses, told police that a friend gave him the prescription pills.

Champion was arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail. The gun was placed in the trunk of the vehicle, and the woman was released.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune