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MOUNT ZION — Police were getting ready to arrest a Mount Zion man early Sunday on assault charges when an 8-year-old boy offered them a hot tip: He said the man also sold drugs.

Sgt. Matt Travis with the Mount Zion Police Department checked out the house on Woodland Drive where the man and boy were living and he said he found a 1.3 gram packet of cocaine on top of the refrigerator, police said. 

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The 31-year-old man denied the drugs were his but a sworn police affidavit said he was booked on preliminary charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and assault. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Travis said police had gone to the home the man shared with his girlfriend around 2 a.m. after being told he was becoming increasingly upset about their relationship ending. The woman, who is pregnant and was on her bed with her 3-month-old daughter, said the man balled up his fist and shot his arm forward, threatening to hit but not actually striking her, and putting her in fear of being battered.

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Travis said the 8-year-old boy had spoken up while the officer was talking with the woman. She denied knowing anything about the drugs and said she didn’t know what the man does when she is not at the residence.

Photos: 2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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