Busted taillight turns into drug arrest

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS — A nonworking taillight and brake light caught the attention of a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy last week and led to a traffic stop and two drug arrests.

Elizabeth Lynn Childress, 18, 120 Roberts Road, Covington, and Charles Edward Heath, 19, of 2320 Ga. Highway 20 N.E., Conyers, each face charges of possession of Dextro-Amphetamine, Soma, less than 1 ounce of marijuana, and possession of drug-related objects. Childress, the driver of the car, was also charged in connection with the nonworking taillights.

According to Deputy Curtis Thompson, on June 16 about 12:30 a.m. he pulled over the Honda Prelude that Childress was driving in the parking lot of Taco Bell on Ga. Highway 138. Thompson reported that when he approached the vehicle, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. When asked about the odor, Childress reportedly denied any knowledge of the marijuana and said she did not have any of the drug.

Heath also reportedly denied any knowledge of the marijuana. Thompson reported that both suspects appeared to be extremely nervous.

Upon further questioning, Childress removed a multicolored gym bag from the car and handed it to the deputy. Inside, Thompson found several marijuana pipes and a plastic bag containing a Ziploc bag with marijuana in it. The Schedule II drug Dextro-Amphetamine was also found inside the bag, in addition to Soma, which is designated as a dangerous drug.

Both Childress and Heath denied ownership of the drugs or drug-related items and said they had no idea how the items were in the car.

In other crime news, a Newton County man was arrested on drug charges June 16 following traffic stop on McCalla Road.

Deputy Jason Turner reported that he observed a vehicle on Country Walk in which two occupants were not wearing seat belts. The deputy pursued the vehicle onto Salem Road and then McCalla Road where he pulled the car over.

When the car stopped, Turner reported that a male passenger immediately got out of the car and began to walk away. When the officer ordered him to stop, the suspect cursed the officer and said he was going home.

A second deputy arrived on the scene and the suspect was taken into custody. Officers confiscated a small plastic bag containing suspected cocaine, a plastic bag containing marijuana and a bottle containing 27 Hydrocodone pills.

Rodrick Rysheik Gordon, 31, of 105 J.T. Wallace Road, Covington, was arrested and charged with seat belt violation, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and possession of a Schedule II substance.

The driver of the car was released on a seat belt violation citation.