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Backwards Tag Leads to Drug Arrest

LaGrange Police have arrested a man and woman on several drug charges after they were caught riding around in a vehicle with a reversed license plate.

Early Thursday morning about 1:13 a.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department were in the New Franklin Road area when they are observed a gold Ford Taurus with a tag that had been placed on the vehicle backwards with “Tag Applied For” written on it.

Police then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Robert Alexander Hill Sr., and his passenger, Brittany Johnson.

Upon explaining the reason for the stop, Hill claimed that he had just purchased the vehicle and had not obtained a tag yet. Police later ran the VIN number on the vehicle and discovered it was registered to Hill, but the tag had been expired since 2017.

While investigating the incident, police observed a glass smoking pipe sitting on the center console.

Hill and Johnson were later removed from the vehicle. When confronted separately about the pipe, Hill initially claimed there was no pipe in the vehicle, but when Johnson was asked about the pipe, she indicated she and Hill had just used it to smoke some crack cocaine.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police recovered the suspected cocaine pipe, along with a number of small pieces of suspected crack cocaine and a pill believed to be ecstasy.

Hill and Johnson both denied ownership of any of the located contraband. As a result, Hill, age 66, and Johnson, age 32, were both arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Drug Related Object. Hill was additionally charged with Driving with an Expired Tag.

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