COVINGTON — Driving along Bypass Road without headlights around midnight turned out to be the least of the problems faced by two men who were pulled over by a deputy last week.
Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Holbrook noticed late Friday night a Dodge Dakota traveling in the area of Flat Shoals Road on Bypass Road did not have its headlights on, so he pulled the driver over near the U.S. Post Office.
“When the deputy told the driver why he stopped him, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” said NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander.
Because he smelled the marijuana, the deputy began to search the truck, where he found a tool bag behind the center console, Alexander said.
“He opened the tool bag and saw a plastic bag of marijuana with rolling papers,” the investigator said.
The driver, Daniel Heyden Holbrook (no relation to the deputy, Alexander said), allegedly said the marijuana belonged to him.
The deputy found other drugs in that bag. He also found another camera bag in the vehicle that contained a clear plastic bag with methamphetamine residue, a spoon with methamphetamine residue and a digital scale with both methamphetamine and marijuana residue, according to authorities. The camera bag also contained several plastic bags with methamphetamine and marijuana. A tool box in the back of the truck contained a green tin that also contained marijuana. Alexander said neither Holbrook nor his passenger, Thomas Chad Parker, claimed ownership of the camera bag.
Holbrook, 49, of 292 Rocky Creek Ridge in Covington, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent, driving with no headlights, possession of drug-related objects, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
The passenger, 25-year-old Parker of 235 McDonald Road, Apt. A, also in Covington, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent, possession of drug-related objects, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.
In other news, a Newton County homeowner called the Sheriff’s Office to report an employee who came to her home to deliver a new bed had stolen cash from her home. The victim told the deputy that $525 went missing while the two deliverymen were in the house in the Silos subdivision.
The deputy spoke with both employees who gave permission for him to search them and their vehicle, according to the incident report.
“I discovered the money hidden in a shoe of the suspect during the search,” the deputy reported.
The suspect, who was identified as 50-year-old Keith Angelo Carter from 224 Hillandale St. in Cornelia, initially gave the deputy an incorrect name, according to the incident report.
Once the deputy learned the man’s true identity, he discovered Carter was wanted in Gwinnett County for theft as well.
Carter was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to take by theft, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.