ADDU: Investigation nets cocaine charges

ALBANY, Ga. -- Heading into a hair salon bought Lorenzo Simpson jail time and charges of cocaine possession, said an Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit official.

"He was put in jail on probation violation," said Maj. Bill Berry of the drug unit. "We found 14 grams of coke on him, and that is why warrants were taken out today."

In addition to probation violations, Simpson, 24, faces possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, obstruction of an officer and tampering with evidence charges, Berry said.

"He tried to eat the cocaine. That led to the additional charges of tampering," Berry said.

Simpson has sat in Dougherty County Jail since he ran from police on June 25, a jail spokeswoman said.

That day, two uniformed Albany Police Department officers were in the Infinity Salon on the 100 block of Jackson Street on their usual walk around downtown checking on businesses.

Parking his 1997 burgundy Cadillac Eldorado just outside, Simpson strolled into the shop. He spotted the uniforms and bolted out the door.

After a foot chase, police corralled Simpson. Coco, the drug unit's K-9 drug-sniffing dog, was brought to the scene.

Coco found the Cadillac more than interesting.

A search warrant was obtained after the Cadillac was towed to impound.

An officer at the scene in June had described Simpson as "a known drug dealer."