Law Enforcement • Traffic stop leads to drug warrant
Madison Police Department
• On July 23, Justin Wayne Garner, Rutledge, was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license after an officer familiar with Garner's having a suspended license followed him and performed a traffic stop, reports state. The officer asked Garner and the passenger, James Locklin Bray, for identification and ran both names through the GCIC (Georgia Crime Information Center). According to reports, the officer discovered that Garner’s limited permit only allows him to travel to and from school and to and from medical facilities. The officer then placed Garner under arrest and, while conducing a search, located an orange prescription bottle in his pocket. The bottle is issued to Garner for Hydrocodone, reports state. Det. Wes Thompson arrived on the scene to assist the arresting officer, who also asked Bray to step out of the vehicle and received consent to search him. The officer located a syringe in his pocket and an orange prescription bottle with “Justin Garner” on the label at his waistline under his belt buckle. Det. Thompson stated that there was a different-type pill in the bottle that the arresting officer received from Garner, according to reports. The arresting officer and Det. Thompson then searched the vehicle and located a green leafy substance inside an ashtray and placed it into evidence, reports state. The arresting officer noted on his report that he will meet with the Magistrate Judge and take warrants on Garner for drugs not in original container, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of marijuana less than one ounce and driving on a suspended license. He noted that he will also take warrants on Bray for possession of a dangerous drug possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of drug-related objects, and possession of drugs not in original container.
• On July 25, an officer responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at 2081 Eatonton Road. The complainant, Gregory Neal, Adamsville, stated that he loaned his car, a 2002 black Pontiac Sunfire, to a friend, who had called him and said the car broke down on Georgia Route 83 on the I-20 overpass in the City of Madison, according to reports. Neal told officers that his friend had contacted Anthony Cooper of Cooper’s Towing and Recycling to pick up the vehicle. He said he advised the friend that he had already made arrangements for a co-worker to pick up the vehicle, reports state. Neal stated that his co-worker had left Purcell’s Truck Wash to get a trailer to load the vehicle and, when he returned, Neal’s vehicle was not at the location that Neal had advised him of, according to reports. The responding officer had dispatch check local towing companies to find out if the vehicle had been towed. Dispatch advised that none had reported picking up the vehicle, reports state.
• On July 27, a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Good Hope location after a man reported that a magnetic campaign sign attached to his vehicle was stolen while making stops in Madison between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. The complaint told a responding officer that he knew the magnetic sign was on his vehicle when he entered the city limits of Madison. The sign was valued at $25.
• On July 29 a cashier at Flash Foods, 2030 Eatonton Road, informed an officer that she located two cell phone bags of a green leafy substance on the floor around the soda fountain dispensers, according to reports. The officer retrieved the suspected marijuana and placed it into evidence. The cashier advised the officer that after she found the suspected marijuana, two known black males came into the business and were “suspiciously looking at areas on the floor where she located the suspected marijuana and left without making a purchase of any type,” reports state.
Printed in the August 2, 2012 edition.