Augusta Utilities meter man arrested in crack case

Augusta Utilities meter reader Troy Curry was arrested Friday on suspicion that he had been selling crack cocaine.

Authorities say they think Troy Curry had been selling crack cocaine from his Augusta Utilities truck for several years before he was caught Friday.

Capt. Scott Peebles, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, said the criminal investigation division had opened an investigation on Curry after receiving an outside tip.

The 46-year-old was stopped in his work truck at 11:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of Walton Way. He had 8 grams of crack cocaine and more than $1,600 in his possession, Peebles said. Curry, of the 1300 block of Walton Loop in Hephzibah, was charged with possession of cocaine in 2003 and again in 2005.

Tom Wiedmeier, the director of Augusta Utilities, said Curry was hired in 2007.

"I don't know what the process was back then, but now after we interview and recommend someone, human resources does a criminal background check," Wiedmeier said.

The director said several factors are considered in deciding whether to hire a candidate with a criminal past.

"I just look at how long ago it was, what the nature of the offense was," he said.

Wiedmeier said he was not involved in Curry's hiring and could give no particulars.

Augusta Utilities was not informed of the arrest beforehand.

"It's disappointing that this happened," Wiedmeier said. "It's not a reflection on the rest of the employees, though. We've got a good group here."

Curry did not have a work buddy and always worked alone.

"There's no information or suspicion at this time that there were any other employees involved or that any employees had knowledge of it," Peebles said Friday.

Curry is being charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, Peebles said.