Two men selling ice cream and more from an ice cream truck face charges after deputies were tipped off that they were offering more than Popsicles and fudge bars for sale.
Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team members “received information that a person was visiting area apartment complexes in an ice cream truck, and not only selling ice cream,” said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown in a statement released Wednesday. Reports were that suspects were “selling illegal narcotics from the truck as well.”
Patrolling the area Tuesday, Cpl. Jason Borne spotted the truck around 2:30 p.m. at Foxridge Apartments on Packinghouse Road and performed a traffic stop on it as it left the complex.
Bulloch County sheriff’s K9 Dutch alerted to the truck, indicating there were illegal drugs present, he said.
An “extensive search of the truck revealed a misdemeanor amount of marijuana and two guns,” Brown said.
Jeremy Allen Franklin, 26, of Flat Rock Road in Columbus, was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, as well as possession of a firearm by a first offender, as he had previously been charged in Columbus with theft by taking, Brown said.
The second man, Antonio Lavelle Henry, 32, of Dry Branch Village in Statesboro, was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Franklin is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail, pending further court action, while Henry posted bond, according to jail records.
The case has been turned over to prosecutors, and anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Bulloch County sheriff’s Crime Suppression Team at (912) 764-1786.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.