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Traffic stop leads to pot arrest

CONYERS -- A traffic stop due to inoperable taillights led to the arrest of a 24-year-old man on a drug distribution charge.

A deputy with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office pulled over a passenger car on Sigman Road shortly after midnight Dec. 7 because the car's taillights weren't working. When speaking to the male driver and male passenger, the deputy detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the car.

Based on the odor, the deputy conducted a search and found a bookbag in the front passenger floorboard that contained a bag of marijuana, a digital scale, a plastic bag containing eight smaller bags of marijuana and a pill bottle containing pills identified as 800 milligrams of Ibuprofen.

The passenger, Franklin McHenry Culbreath, of 2910 North Tower Way, allegedly admitted ownership of the marijuana and said the driver of the car had nothing to do with it.

According to the report, the driver said he did not know anything about the marijuana and that he did not smoke because he has asthma. He told the deputy that he and Culbreath worked security at a club in DeKalb County and he was giving Culbreath a ride home.

Culbreath was charged with possession and use of drug-related objects, purchase/possession/manufacture/distribution or sale of marijuana and giving false information to a law enforcement officer for allegedly giving a false name and date of birth to the deputy when first questioned.

The driver of the car was released with the vehicle.

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GISXER 1 year, 11 months ago

Here you go:

Franklin Culbreath 4-25-2012

Personal Information Rockdale County Age: 23 Years Old Gender: M Weight: 260 lbs Eye Color: BRO Height: 6'04" Hair Color: BLK Race: B City: CONYERS, GA

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heresyafacts 1 year, 11 months ago

Was it Strokers Adult Entertainment Club they work at? If so, maybe Oz Nesbitt could've given them a ride home. He does 'like' them on Facebook, after all.

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Elmo 1 year, 11 months ago

Culbreath thought he was in Colorado...where it's legal.

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Carole 1 year, 11 months ago

From what I've heard concerning Colorado..I think there's a limit you can purchase at one time, and carry on your person..The Feds haven't okayed this decision about "legal marijuana" as of yet...and No, Georgia isn't Colorado, Thank God...

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Elmo 1 year, 11 months ago

I think there's a little known side effect to MJ...people who smoke it can't tell if their tail lights are not working. Seems that so many of these type traffic stops end up with finding people with pot.

Maybe it prevents users from seeing the color red.

Who knows?

LOL

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wonderwhy 1 year, 11 months ago

WOW . . . . . High crime arrests. NAH, Oz was too busy "tooting" his own horn.

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lakeridge 1 year, 11 months ago

omg ibuprofen is bringing top dollar.

keep marta out.

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BUBBA 1 year, 11 months ago

how much total weight was the pot?? It could be under an ounce and we will see him on the street in a few weeks. He only had the scales so he wouldn't get ripped off when he bought all the small bags to dump into one when he got home. And no I do not believe for a minute it was for personal use just like I don't believe the driver knew nothing about what was going on.

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travelingman 1 year, 11 months ago

Once again, we as citizens of Rockdale County have to tolerate criminal activity and it will get a lot worse until Levett and Freeman eventually take the helm. How concerned citizens can't see the problem is beyond me. It's not only obvious, it's repetitive. There is no reason to endure such deplorable and intolerable conditions.

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Elmo 1 year, 11 months ago

You setting the bar mighty high for the incoming regime, for with all of your boasting and off-the-cuff predictions - not to mention the implied insults to long-time Sheriff Wigginton - your guys will be watched under a microscope. The crime rate will be the telltale proof of how he is doing when he takes office.

I think that the amount of thuggery will actually increased, empowered by the mere thought of kindred spirits being at the helm.

But, you can have your glory moment, and we'll patiently wait for the outcome of the new sheriff's record. If I'm wrong, I'll say I'm wrong, but ONLY after we see him walk his talk...and yours.

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GISXER 1 year, 11 months ago

The comments are different when a black male get arrested for marijuana vs. a white female & male who got arrested for methamphetamine, maybe it was the drug of choice or could it be a race thing.

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Lorenzo 1 year, 11 months ago

Once again somebody with their own personal agenda is making asinine statements. We've had traffic stops with drugs found before and we'll have them after Eric Levett takes office. If the officers are making the stops and finding the drugs that means they are doing their job. When you stop reading about arrests being made you can start to question law enforcement and the people running the departments. I'm glad the deputy was out there, doing his or her job, stopped the vehicle and was able to recognize what was happening outside of the traffic violation. For a short period of time we have another criminal off the street.

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travelingman 1 year, 11 months ago

Levett has Freeman on his side. Freeman's historical accomplishments speak for themselves. All I ask for is improvement over the Good Olde Boy regime. Besides, bars should be set high. This is not difficult to accomplish at all. It's the least that we should all expect. I am confident that they will do the job that they are expected to do. Crime prevention is also a measure of success. Mark my words and don't forget them: the deputies are out there like you said. They're out there all right, but they will be far better when Levett takes over. A safer community isn't too much to ask for. Not only that but once Levett takes over we will all be part of the community once again. You will see.

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Frustrated 1 year, 11 months ago

Historical accomplishments? you must be reading another paper.

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Elmo 1 year, 11 months ago

Exactly how does one measure "crime PREVENTION" without waiting for the eventual outcome of the crime stats over time? It can't be judged as a "success" until we have a record to measure.

Now you've shifted gears and are telling us that any success enjoyed by the new regime will be because of Freeman?

With your "predictions" I can hardly wait to see what kind of capes and boots these two superheroes will be wearing. "Captain Rockdale" a faithful sidekick, "Freemanman".

Don't worry, we won't forget your words, not at all.

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