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Bad Brake Light Leads To Several Felony Charges

LaGrange Police have arrested a man on felony drug and weapons charges after he was caught driving unlicensed with a malfunctioning tail light.

Tuesday night about 8 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police were in the area of Hamilton Road near Wright Street, when they observed a blue Buick Regal with a brake light out.

The vehicle then turned onto Wright Street and into the driveway of a residence just as officers initiated a traffic stop with emergency lights activated.

The driver, later identified as Earlie Desmond Anderson, began to exit the Buick, but officers quickly stopped him and him sit back down in the vehicle. After advising the reason for the stop, Anderson stated he was aware of the brake light being out.

When asked for his driver’s license, Anderson advised that he didn’t have it and further confirmed he didn’t have a license at all, so he was taken into custody.

During a search of Anderson to arrest, officers located a small tied off bag containing suspected marijuana and a digital scale containing more suspected marijuana particles. Police say there were cut marks on the scales, which is often indicative of marijuana was being weighed and cut down to a certain weight for distribution.

Police also located a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun in Anderson’s pocket. Anderson did have a permit to carry a firearm, but after running the serial number officers learned it was reported stolen in March.

Anderson later stated that he bought the weapon for $200 from some unknown juvenile and thought the gun could be possibly stolen. He stated, at the time, he ran the serial number through a weapons website and it didn’t come back stolen, so he incorrectly thought it was safe.

As a result, Anderson, age 24, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property (Felony), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of Certain Crimes, and Driving while License Suspended/ Revoked.

Anderson was later released from the Troup County Jail on $22,000 bond.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer