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Passenger arrested on drug, counterfeit charges

CONYERS — A Covington man was arrested on drug and forgery charges after the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over for a traffic offense.

Traion Marwin West, 20, of 39 Ridge Road, Covington, was arrested by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office on July 21 after a deputy observed that he and the driver of the car weren’t wearing seatbelts.

The deputy pulled the car over in the Ingles parking lot on Salem Road at about 2:50 p.m. He reported that when he approached the car he detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Deputies found no marijuana in the car, but a search of West revealed marijuana and $970 in counterfeit bills.

West was charged with purchase/possession/manufacture/distribution or sale of marijuana, second degree forgery and seatbelt violation.

The driver of the car was not charged.

In other crime news, a worker at the Courtyard by Marriott construction site at 1337 Old Covington Highway reported that three rolls of heavy duty wire were stolen from a construction trailer on July 22. The wire was valued at $2,600.

According to the Conyers Police Department, the wire was described as copper with a black coating. The worker told police that several employees had the combination to a lock on the gate in the fencing surrounding the site.