A Chickamauga man who was attending a family Christmas party at the LaFayette recreation center was arrested for “crack” cocaine possession.

According to Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force commander Patrick Doyle, 39-year-old Lime Stacey Upshaw of Prospect Road was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 22, while at a family gathering at the rec center on Soutlh Main Street.

Upshaw was parked near the pavilion, below the old golf clubhouse, when task force officers arrived, Doyle said.

Upshaw was on parole and has been arrested several times for illegal drugs, he said.

Doyle said Upshaw has been dealing in the area for some time and was no stranger to law enforcement.

As Upshaw was being handcuffed, he threw several “crack rocks” to the ground and stomped on them, the commander said.

Upshaw faces five charges: possession, possession with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, parole violation, and possessing an illicit drug in a recreation area.

Doyle said that while crack cocaine isn’t as prevalent today as the late 1980s and early 1990s, it’s still a problem.

Josh O'Bryant is a reporter for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga.

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