Three arrested in motel marijuana operation

by Wes Mayer

Three men were arrested early Wednesday after suspicious activity led deputies to what they describe as a small motel marijuana operation.

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, Deputy Casey Mullis with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling the area of Amlajack Boulevard when he saw two white males walking near the SouthTowne auto dealership, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Considering it was a little late for a stroll, Mullis followed them to the Motel 6 on Herring Road and stopped them to see what they were doing.

According to Yarbrough, the two men were identified as Andrew Robert Dinucci, 22, and James Tyler Sweatman, 17, and their story did not check out with Mullis. Because Sweatman was 17 years old and it was a school night, Mullis had him call his parents — who said he did not have permission to be out.

Mullis discovered the two were staying at the motel for the night with a third friend, Ryan Joseph Whelan, 19, Yarbrough said. Mullis gained permission to search the room, and inside, more than 4 ounces of marijuana, measuring scales, numerous small plastic baggies, a bong, a small amount of cash were found.

The three were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and were transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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