Marijuana, rifle, resisting equals arrest

by Wes Mayer

A man was arrested Wednesday morning in Newnan after a bag of marijuana and a rifle were discovered in his vehicle.

Around 1:15 a.m., Newnan Police Officer Joseph Castro drove through the Marathon gas station on Bullsboro Drive and noticed a suspiciouslooking vehicle parked on the side of the convenience store. A man was sitting inside the vehicle with the car turned off.

According to Castro's report, as he drove toward the car, the man suddenly turned on the car and put it in reverse, but Castro stopped his patrol car behind the suspect so he could not leave. As soon as he did, the man inside the vehicle got out and yelled to Castro he was late for work.

The man was identified as David Christian Moten, 22, who refused to get back into his vehicle when Castro told him to. Moten continued to explain he was going to be late for work and was simply eating lunch in his car.

Castro called for backup and warned Moten that if he did not get back into the vehicle, he would be tased.

According to his report, Castro smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from Moten's car, and when Officer Scott Kilgore arrived on the scene, Castro placed Moten in handcuffs. After he was handcuffed, Moten told officers there was marijuana in his car.

The officers searched the car and found a bowl containing a bag of marijuana on the back seat.

Officers also found a digital scale in the vehicle's center console and a Norinco SKS rifle in the trunk. Castro used the scale and weighed the marijuana to be approximately 44 grams.

Moten was charged with a felony possession of marijuana and a felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and he was transported to the county jail.

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