Toccoa man behind bars after tampering with evidence

A Toccoa man is behind bars after tampering with evidence and possessing drugs.

According to Toccoa Police Chief Jimmy Mize, his officers were dispatched to the Regency Inn on August 11, in response to a suspected heroin overdose.

Upon arrival, the victim was being loaded into an ambulance by EMS.

Mize says the victim appeared to be barely breathing and had a green tint to her skin.

A Stephens County Deputy was already on scene and advised officers he had administered Narcan to the victim.

The victim was transported to Stephens County Hospital.

Further investigation of the scene, officers reviewed surveillance video which revealed Jonathan Norton, 21, of Toccoa, exiting the room, crossing the driveway and stooping down at some bushes.

When asked, Norton admitted to placing drugs and drug related objects under some trash at the bushes.

Officers collected a DVD case containing a hypodermic needle, straw with burn marks on it and two pieces of aluminum foil with a bluish chalky substance inside believed to be heroin.

The articles were collected and placed into evidence at the Toccoa Police Department.

Norton was charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, possession and use of drug related objects and tampering with evidence.