Meth found after duo arrested for shoplifting from Walmart Monday
According to Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report on Monday January 6, 2020, at approximately 4:04 PM, A Whitfield County deputy was dispatched to Wal-Mart located at 2545 East Walnut Avenue in reference to a shoplifting. The Loss Prevention Officer was on the phone with the Whitfield County Communication Center (E911) advised the shoplifters were walking towards McDonald's. The associate advised the male was wearing camouflage, and the female was wearing a purple shirt. The deputy observed the two suspects in the bushes at McDonald's and got out to talk to them. The female later to be identified as Jessica Lynn Quijada-Salazar, 33, of Ringgold, took off running towards the Wal-Mart parking lot. The deputy detained the male who was later identified as Carl Leonard Cochran, 32, of Dalton. The Whitfield County Communication Center then advised the female ran to a dodge pick-up truck and got into the rear passenger side. The deputy was able to make contact with the vehicle and detain Ms. Jessica Quijada-Salazar. The deputy returned to the Wal-Mart and met with Loss Prevention Officer, who stated he observed Jessica Quijada-Salazar by surveillance cameras selecting and concealing merchandise in her pocketbook. The associate stated Cochran was pointing at merchandise for Quijada-Salazar to steal as he attempted to block for her. The associate stated when he attempted to confront the two shoplifters at the exit doors of Wal-Mart, they refused to cooperate with him, and the female handed the male the pocketbook with the stolen merchandise in it while they walked towards McDonald's. Another deputy located the pocketbook at the McDonald's in the bushes. Deputies located Advil PM valued at $14.97, Uno Mas Margarita valued at $9.97, Old Spice Deodorant valued at $4.57, and two Mango Rita valued at $2.57. Quijada-Salazar and Cochran were both transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with Shoplifting. Whitfield County Booking officer conducting a pre-intake search located two meth pipes on Cochran. One of the pipes was broke but the second pipe was still intact. Sergeant O'Mahony conducted a field test on the pipe, and the pipe tested positive for methamphetamine. The pipes were collected and placed into evidence. Cochran was charged with felony possess methamphetamine, possess tools for the commission of crime, VGCSA, and crossing guard line with drugs without consent.