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Two arrested in south Forsyth after deputies witness meth deal
Official: undercover narcotics deputies were on unrelated assignment, then noticed transaction
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Lisa Papandrea. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

SOUTH FORSYTH -- Two people have been charged with possession of methamphetamine after undercover narcotics deputies reportedly witnessed a drug deal in south Forsyth late Friday afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m. on March 31, deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit were working on an unrelated assignment on McFarland Parkway when they saw what they recognized as a drug deal, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the agency.

Lisa Papandrea, 49, of Forsyth County, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and brought to the Forsyth County Jail, where she has since posted an $11,100 bond.

John Allen Wright, 56, whose last known address was not immediately available, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and is currently being held at the jail without bond.

“They just happened to be at the location and while they were doing something else, they witnessed a man sell meth to a female in plain view; it was a hand-to-hand transaction,” Rainwater said. “Because of what they do, they realized it was a drug deal taking place in their presence and they acted upon their experience and placed both under arrest.”

Along with the meth, deputies recovered cash and drug packaging materials, though it was not immediately known how much meth was seized or how much money deputies obtained.