Traffic stop leads to arrest involving drugs, loaded .357
by Wes Mayer
A man now faces numerous charges after Newnan Police Department officers made a traffic stop Friday and found large amounts of narcotics and a loaded revolver inside the vehicle’s trunk.
Around 1:45 p.m., Officers Kyle LaChance and Chad Wallace stopped a vehicle on Shenandoah Boulevard for an improper tag display, said Sgt. Mark Cooper with the Newnan department’s drug unit. According to Cooper, when LaChance approached the driver, he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside.
Police officers were given consent to search the vehicle, and inside the trunk, underneath the carpet where the spare tire was located, officers found a bag, Cooper said. Inside this bag, officers found a loaded .357 caliber revolver, five plastic bags of marijuana weighing more than five ounces, 11 plastic bags of powdered cocaine, 11 plastic bags of an unidentified substance, and digital scales.
After finding this bag, one passenger in the vehicle, Larry Donnell Dorsey Jr., 28, took off running down Shenandoah Boulevard, Cooper said. LaChance pursued Dorsey and was able to catch him and take him into custody after a short distance.
Dorsey claimed sole ownership of the bag and its contents, Cooper said, so he was charged for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and obstruction of officers. Dorsey may face more charges when the substance in the third bag is identified, Cooper said. Dorsey was transported to the Coweta County Jail.