A suspected drug dealer will think twice about keeping his bright lights activated after his arrest late Wednesday night. LaGrange Police arrested the suspect on several felony drug and weapons charges after he simply failed to dim his headlights as they passed by and later discovered a plethora of drugs during the subsequent traffic stop.
Late Wednesday night, just before midnight, officers with the LaGrange Police Department were on patrol in the area of East Depot Street near Johnson Street when they encountered a vehicle that failed to dim its headlights as they passed by.
Officers turned around to conduct a traffic stop on the grey Honda Accord for the headlight violation and the vehicle immediately pulled into a residential driveway in the 600 block of East Depot Street and began to pull to the rear of the residence.
Police then stopped and walked to the rear of the residence, where they made contact with the driver, Jeremy Glenn Brown.
As police approached the vehicle, officers could smell an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, so they had Brown to step out of the vehicle and searched his person with consent.
During the search of Brown’s person, officers found three suspected crack cocaine rocks inside his front right coin pocket. In the main right front pocket, police found another suspected crack cocaine rock, a baggie of suspected marijuana, and a separate baggie with suspected powder cocaine.Officers also located a large plastic bag with even more marijuana in the front of Brown’s pants.
Police say that Brown was armed with a loaded Smith and Wesson .380 caliber handgun, which they found in his waistband on his right side.
Brown was also reportedly found in possession of a large about of cash, broken down into increments consistent with street level drug sales.
A subsequent search of the vehicle did not reveal any further narcotics.
All in all, police located a total of 16 grams of suspected cocaine and 30 grams of suspected green marijuana on Brown’s person, which officers note is consistent with sales and not personal use.
The Honda that Brown was been driving had no license plate, so officers ran the VIN number on the vehicle and determined it was registered to a company in Macon, GA. Brown claimed that the vehicle had just been purchased, but there was no record of it having been reregistered.
Due to the quantity of illegal narcotics, police seized the vehicle and two cell phones belonging to Brown for further investigation.
As a result of the initial investigation, Brown, age 27, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, and Failure to Dim Headlights.
This incident is still under investigation.