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Two arrested in Rockdale on drug charges

CONYERS -- Two men were arrested on drug charges over the Labor Day weekend as a result of a safety checkpoint conducted by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

Chad Lee Taylor, 27, of Porterdale, and William Anderson Jr., 46, Conyers were arrested Sept. 3 at 1:45 a.m. by the RCSO after the car driven by Taylor was stopped at a checkpoint on Salem Road at the Newton County line.

The RCSO deputy reported that he detected a "heavy odor of alcohol coming from within the vehicle and from Mr. Taylor's person."

When the deputy ran Taylor's identification through the computer system, he learned that Taylor's license had been suspended for failure to appear and that he had an outstanding warrant in Newton County.

Taylor was taken into custody and placed inside the deputy's vehicle.

Anderson, who was a passenger in the car but was the registered owner of the vehicle, was questioned and reportedly admitted that he had been drinking. The deputy saw what appeared to be spilled beer in the car's console and found an empty beer can under the front passenger seat. He also found two clear plastic bags containing "a clear crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine " A folded dollar bill with traces of cocaine on it was also found in the car.

Inside the trunk of the car, the deputy found a firearm wrapped in a T-shirt.

Anderson was booked into the jail on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, open container violation, and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime.

Taylor is charged with driving with a suspended license, possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine.