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Stop-sign violation leads to drug arrest

Stop-sign violation leads to drug arrest

Stop-sign violation leads to drug arrest

Wilson Scott Thrap

A man who ran a stop sign was also smoking marijuana in his truck, according to a Bulloch County Sheriff's deputy who said the man was also charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs.

Bulloch County Sheriff's Targeted Enforcement Patrol, or STEP, unit Sgt. Jason Kearney said he and Deputy Mark Guarino stopped a tan Chevrolet Silverado on Georgia Highway 67 around 11:40 p.m. Saturday after the driver, Wilson Scott Thrap, 43, of Chandler Road, ran a stop sign.

"I approached the vehicle and could immediately smell what I believed to be burning marijuana," Kearney said, adding that Guarino found a marijuana cigar in the truck's ash tray, and Kearney asked Thrap to exit the truck.

As he did, Thrap "grabbed something and threw it under the driver's side of the vehicle," Kearney said in reports.

He and Guarino handcuffed Thrap. Deputies recovered the item he had thrown under the truck, finding it to be a "hand-rolled cigar containing suspected marijuana," reports state.

Deputy Kirk McGlamery arrived with K-9 partner Max, who gave positive alerts indicating drug presence inside and outside the truck, Kearney said.

"McGlamery located a white plastic ... bag that contained several plastic containers that contained approximately two ounces of suspected marijuana," Kearney stated in reports. Also, the bag held "three pill bottles that contained 42 hydrocodone pills and 289 Tramadol pills," both of which Kearney said are "addictive pain killers."

Deputies also found a set of scales, cigar wrappers and "other drug-related objects," he said, and seized $733 in cash.

Thrap was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he was charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute, possession of a dangerous drug and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Thrap was being held Monday in the jail with a $10,000 property bond, according to jail records.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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