Law enforcement officers arrested a Claxton man and seized a large amount of methamphetamine and marijuana Sunday after a state trooper stopped a driver on Interstate 16.
GSP Post 45 Trooper First-Class Hunter Oglesby pulled over Demarco Montez Cooper, of West Liberty Street in Claxton, for a traffic violation and found reason to suspect drug activity, according to GSP reports.
He called the Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team and K9 unit for assistance, and once they arrived, Bulloch County K9 Gismo was deployed to perform a “free air sniff” to detect the presence of illegal drugs, said Bulloch County Sheriff’s Capt. Jason Kearney.
“Gismo alerted on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics and the vehicle was searched,” he said. “During the search, several pounds of marijuana, and over a pound of crystal methamphetamine that was packaged for resale” was recovered.
Cooper, 27, was taken into custody and booked into the Bulloch County Jail on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute (felony), and an assortment of traffic offenses. Investigators later learned Cooper was also on parole at the time of this arrest, Kearney said. Cooper was then given an additional charge of parole violation.
He is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail pending further court hearings.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 912-489-9414.