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Bond set for DFCS worker arrest for drug possession

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JONESBORO, Ga. -

Bond has been set for the employee for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services who was arrested for drug possession during a stop where she was driving a mentally disabled adult Saturday in Jonesboro.

A judge set bond for 38-year-old Ericka Thompson at $25,000 during her first appearance on Sunday.

Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen says officers pulled over Thompson near the intersection of Georgia Highway 138 and Tara Blvd after noticing her vehicle had suspended registration. During the stop, they got wind of the heavy smell of marijuana. After a brief search, they found the source along with cocaine and Oxytocin.

Police say there was confusion on Thompson's identity given her credentials did not match her license. They eventually were able to determine that she worked for Henry County DFCS. They say she was driving for a group home.

"This is a person that people with disabilities have been entrusted to care for and provide for. If this person is out using drugs, selling drugs, possessing drugs or has them in her system, that creates a very alarming instance for us," said Chief Allen.

Police say the person in her care was not hurt. They say they had a hard time trying to reach any one with DFCS to ensure the person's safety. The group home where he stays eventually was able to get someone out to the scene to pick him and return him safely home.

Thompson faces possession charges as well as driving without registration. Police will determine if she was under the influence while she was driving.

In court Sunday, Thompson says she will be able to post the bond. She requested an attorney be provided for her. Thompson's next court appearance is schedule Jan. 14.

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