A Douglas County fireman has been suspended after being accused of selling meth at his home and near an elementary school.

Alex Trace White, 23, of Douglasville was charged with two counts of sales of meth, possession of meth with the intent to distribute, two counts of use of a telecommunications device to facilitate a drug transaction, sale of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of drug-related objects and possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Codefendants Phillip Tyler Brown, 19, and Edward Allen Craft, 23, both of Douglasville, were charged with possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects. Chief Magistrate Judge Susan Camp set White's bond at $61,000, while his codefendant's bonds were set at $10,000 each.

"The sheriff's office received a complaint that Mr. White, who is a fireman for the county, was selling methamphetamine," Sheriff's Lt. Jon Mauney said. "We were able on two separate occasions to make purchases of methamphetamine using a cellular phone to set up the transactions. One of transactions happened at his residence at Brook Valley Apartments. The other happened at the CVS on Fairburn Road which is right behind Burnett and Eastside elementary schools."

After securing arrest warrants and a search warrant for White's residence Friday afternoon, deputies went there to take him into custody, but he wasn't at home.

"Some of our crime suppression units had set up in the Highway 5 area and conducted a traffic stop on him at the Publix there on Highway 5," Mauney said. "When they got the car stopped, they took him into custody. He had two other individuals in the car with him. We located seven to 10 grams of methamphetamine, about half an ounce of marijuana and multiple objects that are used for ingesting smoke and packaging illegal drugs in the vehicle."

White admitted that he is addicted to meth.

"I did the drug," he said. "It was very powerful and it sucked me in. It really took over control of my body and my thought process. I wasn't in the right state of mind. I feel that the drug really took over me and I just got caught with the wrong people at the wrong time."

White told the judge he turned to drugs because of stress.

"My job is very stressful," he said. "My kid's mother is taking me back to court in a child custody case, planning a wedding - it just all hit me at one time. It's just very stressful to me."

Douglas County Director of Communications Wes Tallon told the judge that White is an EMT firefighter.

"He has been suspended as an employee," Tallon said. "The Douglas County Fire Department is cooperating with the sheriff's department in this investigation and will continue to do so. There is no evidence at this time that anything occurred at the fire stations or while he was on duty."

As part of White's bond conditions, Camp ordered that he complete an in-house substance abuse therapy program for meth and stay away from all Douglas County fire stations. She also ordered him to surrender all his credentials as an EMT.

"I'm really surprised by all of this," she said. "You need to get your act together."

(6) comments

Forgivenagain

While I understand the First Amendment, and the public's desire (including my own) to be kept informed of what is going on in my community, I find it odd and offensive that this young man must be shamed further by it being made public his occupation. Obviously by his charges and his admission, this young man got a hold of a dangerous and highly addictive drug that quickly took him down the wrong path. Luckily (I believe) the Lord stepped in and his life was saved. HOWEVER...my MAIN point in this comment is to point out the fact that I find it COMPLETELY unnecessary that it must be brought out that he was (and IS) and EMT/Firefighter. I pray daily for his deliverance from this horrible addiction. But think twice about what facts are important and relevant to your story!!!

Missy1

I believe it is a wonderful thing that try have done by stating the fact that he is a firefighter. He is no better than anyone else to go through "embarrassment" of the public knowing his job title. Everyone in this county deserves to know who & what kind of people are caring for them. I think it makes it worse that he's a public servant. Wouldn't you want to know if you had someone trying to save you or a loved one & this care provider is high on drugs. He is no better than anyone to have the truth exposed!! In my opinion if he was only doing the drug himself, then he's only hurting himself. He got other people involved when he starting selling. Give him everything he deserves!!

WhatYouSay

@Missy1 you'd be SURPRISED at how many people are addicted to or are using Meth. Just because people do not come out and make known to the world that they are using the drug doesn't mean they haven't/aren't. So before you start critizing what has happened to a this guy, who is a great guy aside from making a poor decision, why don't you evaluate yourself before passing judgement on others. Good people are just as suceptible to bad circumstances. The drug doesn't descriminate. Are you an expert on the subject matter? Probably not, so you should really consider your actions and your words before commenting on a topic you are (probably) ignorant about. Also, you apparently don't read the news in its entirety because if so, you would have read (above) that there is NO proof that "anything occurred at the fire stations or while he was on duty". However, you are right on one point, and that is, "give him everything he deserves". THAT shall include, by The Lord, a second chance and the opportunity to make right what he has wronged. God Bless you!

Missy1

@Whatyousay, I actually would NOT be surprised at how many people are addicted to meth. You don't know what I do for a living & how much of this I do or don't see. I also happen to know Alex (apparently better than you do), because he isn't a "great guy" and this isn't just one poor decision. You obviously don't know him at all, but what he's done doesn't surprise me. I also want you to know that I am not passing judgment. I feel it is my right as a tax payer to complain about the people taking care of us as public servants. Also, FYI, I did read the article and I know it says there is "no proof that he was doing anything at the fire stations or on duty", but I also know that Alex stated that "it took control over his body & sucked him in". I find it very difficult for him to let it go for works sake for a 24 hour period & then do it for the 48 hours he's off. I suggest you stop assuming that I don't know what I'm talking about bc I promise you'd be surprised that I do. I do hope you're right in that he gets a second chance, but he's also got to want that chance. God bless you too!!

WhatYouSay

@Missy1 You "find it very difficult for him to let it go for works sake for a 24 hour period & then do it for the 48 hours he's off"? First off, that's one HECK of an assumption. It's for this very reason that our legal system is based off the principal that you are, "innocent until proven guilty". The burden falls NOT on the one who denies but on the one who declares. We don't care what you find hard or easy to believe as it's not up to you. Second, you claim to know him? I've never heard him mention your name. Third, no one, including myself, cares what you do for a living or how much of meth (or any other related drug) you do or don't see. Lastly, after reading your second post, your statements are much more personal than just "complaining about those who take care of you" as your right as a taxpayer. AGAIN, the fact he is a public servant, speaks NOT to him but to the drug itself and the fact that it doesn't discriminate. He has rights...none of which include your personal take on him.

Aintshy74

Well it's unfortunate that anyone have to go through this. Drugs wreck everything BUT...@Missy1 Because you personally know this person you feel the need to get on a public site and express to others that's "He isn't a good guy" is very low. Who are you to make that statement? Oh wait you know him I forgot (someone get this big girl a cookie). Wanna talk character? I bet you're one heck of a model American. Do you work? What do you do? Taxpayer no way?!
@WhatYouSay lol innocent until proven guilty just like on cops. Quit trying to sound smart because youre coming off as dumb.
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