A traffic stop on a reckless vehicle Monday ended in two drug arrests and the seizure of over $11,000 cash.
After Bulloch County 911 relayed a call about a Mercedes Benz being driven recklessly on Hwy. 119, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Jeff Thompson pulled the car over, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
The driver, Haven Howell, 36, Austell, and his passenger, Rosemarie Padula, 27, Douglasville, each appeared nervous and “their stories were inconsistent and indicative of criminal activity,” he said.
When Thompson asked for permission to search the car, he found “drug paraphernalia, a quantity of methamphetamine and over $11,000 cash,” Anderson said.
Cpl. Prethenia Cone also responded to the scene and searched Padula, finding prescription pills which Padula was in possession of illegally, he said. Then, a gun was located under the car’s hood.
Both suspects were then placed under arrest; Howell was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a drug related object, while Padula was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, illegal possession of prescription pills without original container, and possession of a drug related object.
Both are being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail, awaiting further court hearings, according to jail records.
Thompson received a commendation for his stop, which Anderson said “illustrates the dangers faced by deputies as they contact armed suspects involved in the drug trade in our county, especially given the shortage of deputies on patrol.”