Inmate indicted for alleged escape

LAWRENCEVILLE - A county inmate who escaped from a work detail and was later recaptured in Tennessee has been indicted this week by a Gwinnett grand jury.

Marcus Aaron Spangler, 28, faces one count of felony escape and one count of felony theft by taking.

Spangler was among a group of inmates assigned to a cleaning crew on Dec. 9 at the Gwinnett Department of Public Utilities building at 684 Winder Highway. A civilian staff member who was supervising him noticed he was missing shortly before noon.

Authorities think Spangler slipped away, stole a county worker's red Mazda RX-7 that was parked in the Department of Public Utilities parking lot and then drove to Tennessee.

Less than a week later, two U.S. marshals went to a Chattanooga mobile home community that was the last known address of Spangler's wife in an attempt to track him down. While there, they spotted Spangler walking with another man in the neighborhood, said Deputy Warden Jeff Sligar of the Gwinnett County Department of Corrections.

Spangler had been at the Gwinnett County Comprehensive Correctional Complex since Oct. 13. He was sentenced in Catoosa County on July 22 to two years and nine months in confinement for credit card fraud.

In other indictments:

•Four people were indicted this week for allegedly trafficking more than $1 million worth of cocaine and other drugs out of a Lawrenceville pawn shop. Two owners of Hometown Title Loan at 3195 Lawrenceville Highway are accused of being at the heart of the drug smuggling operation.

Jerry Lane Farley, 54, of Conyers and Jerry Allen Rogers, 58, of Lilburn, were arrested in February and charged with multiple drug trafficking and possession offenses. Two other men, 20-year-old Elvis Joel Sanchez of Lawrenceville and 26-year-old Carlos Gomez-Alonzo of Atlanta, are charged with similar crimes.

Inside the pawn shop, police found 13 kilograms of cocaine valued at $1.3 million, 6 ounces of crystal methamphetamine worth $16,000 and 30 grams of marijuana worth $300. They also confiscated $14,655 in cash and a pistol.