RCSO arrests man on drug charge in road check

14 arrests made during first day of increased patrols

CONYERS — Deputies conducting a road check on Flat Shoals Road Monday arrested a man who allegedly threw a bag containing drugs out of his car window.

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office held a road check Monday evening near Flat Shoals Elementary School. Sometime around 6:30 p.m., deputies stopped the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Marteris Deshaun Smith, 35, of 1820 Riverchase Circle.

“When deputies stopped him, they smelled the odor of raw marijuana in his car, so they asked him to pull into the school’s parking lot,” said RCSO Investigator Michael Camp.

As Smith was pulling into the parking lot, he allegedly tossed a Crown Royal bag out of the driver’s side window.

Deputies retrieved the bag and found inside it one plastic bag containing cocaine, two plastic bags containing marijuana and a digital scale.

Smith was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of cocaine.

Monday’s road check was part of the Sheriff’s Office’s stepped up enforcement of the Salem Road area, which has consistently been an area of some of the highest incidences of crime in the county. The ramped up enforcement began Monday and will continue throughout the holiday period.

Camp said that 14 arrests were made Monday and included a variety of offenses ranging from traffic offenses, suspended licenses, drug offenses and people wanted on active warrants

The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with other local and state law enforcement agencies, including the Conyers Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, to perform concentrated enforcement efforts, road checks and other proactive efforts.

Sheriff Eric Levett said that despite the concentrated efforts on the eastern part of Rockdale County, Sheriff’s Office resources will not be pulled from other areas of the county during the holiday season.

“Citizens and business owners in other areas of Rockdale County will not be neglected due to the concentrated crime reduction effort in the Salem Road corridor,” he said in a press release last week.

After the holiday season, the RCSO plans to continue its increased presence along Salem Road and other high crime areas with specialized units, such as the Criminal Interdiction Unit and Task Force, as well as concentrated patrol efforts of zone units.