Thursday, December 13, 2012
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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.