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Woman charged with obstructing drug raid

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Staff Writer

Barbara James, 40, of Elizabeth was charged with obstructing a governmental operation, a class C misdemeanor; and hindering apprehension or prosecution, a class D felony March 23.

According to an affidavit released by the Fulton County Clerk's Office, James was driving north on Fairview Road south of Salem March 10 when she encountered several law enforcement cars en route to a methamphetamine lab bust.

16th Judicial Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell said he observed James pulling off to the side of the road as they passed.

When they arrived at the scene of the lab bust, Steve Maguffee, the owner of the residence where the bust was taking place, was on the phone, Russell said.

Russell said he interviewed Maguffee and Bobby Weaver after the bust and they told him James had left the house a few minutes before police arrived. Maguffee said the person he was talking to on the phone was James. Weaver said if she had called a few minutes earlier, all of the methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia would have been disposed of, Russell said.

According to the affidavit, law enforcement officers learned that a woman fitting James' description stopped at a residence on Fairview Road, asking if she could use the phone. She told the home owner she was having car trouble. The woman was on the phone at approximately the same time the bust occurred.

James was taken into custody March 19 by Salem Police Chief Al Roork and Deputy Paul Martin. The affidavit states that after James was advised of her Miranda rights she gave a written statement. In the statement she admitted to calling Maguffee but said she called to ask him how his methamphetamine rehabilitation was going.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office said her bond was set at $1,000 and she posted bond March 20. Her court date is April 1.

William Langley Jr. 32, of Salem, was charged with one count of sexual assault in the second degree March 23. The charge is a class B felony and carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, a $15,000 fine or a combination of both.

According to an affidavit released by the Fulton County Clerks Office, Langley is accused of engaging in a sexual act with a person under the age of 14.

16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden set Langley's bond at $25,000. Langley bonded out and his court date is April 1.

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