Traffic stops lead to meth, marijuana arrests

by Wes Mayer

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit had a busy Tuesday.

According to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office, around 4:49 p.m. Investigator Jeff Bugg pulled over two suspects for speeding around mile marker 38 on I-85 southbound. Bugg approached the vehicle and asked the driver, Bernard O’Neal Watson, 41, if he had permission to search the vehicle. A passenger, Antonio Rodrigo Christian, 44, was also identified. Both men were from Bainbridge, GA.

In the vehicle, Bugg discovered three large bags of marijuana, weighing a total of around one pound, Yarbrough said. The two men were arrested and each received a felony charge for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Earlier in the day, at 3:45 p.m., Bugg made another stop on U.S. Highway 29 South around the 1300 block, Yarbrough said. A vehicle was pulled over because the driver was not wearing his seat belt. Bugg also received permission to search this vehicle and he discovered a gram of methamphetamine, two glass pipes and a digital scale.

The two suspects in the vehicle, driver Stanley Ray Turner, 35, and passenger Charles Albert Denham, 30, were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Turner was additionally charged with a seat belt violation.

Two more were arrested on Tuesday for the sale of methamphetamine. Confidential informants with the sheriff’s office set up a deal with Matthew Patrick Whitton, 27, and Jessica Danielle Loper, 21, in a parking lot on Macedonia Road. After the deal was made, Crime Suppression Units swept in and arrested the two for distributing methamphetamine.



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