By Patrick Yost
A traffic stop led to the arrest of two men on methamphetamine charges near Bostwick.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Robert Lamar West, 33, Toccoa, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and giving false name to law enforcement officers. Kenneth Wayne Gordon, 57, Bogart, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine.
The arrests came after a vehicle in which both men were passengers was stopped near the intersection of Price Mill Road and Apalachee Road. Reports state that at 4:40 p.m. a deputy allegedly observed a silver Mercedes cross over the white “fog” line on Bostwick Highway. The officer activated emergency lights, however, reports state, the vehicle continue for approximately two miles before coming to a stop.
Once stopped, the female driver told officers she had not heard the siren nor noticed the emergency lights behind her. Additional officers and a K9 unit from the Georgia State Patrol arrived and the K9 unit allegedly “hit” on the vehicle, giving officers probable cause to search.
A dark backpack with 5.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a .5 gram bag of an unknown white powder inside was found near the front passenger floorboard area, an area where Gordon had been seated.
The female driver denied ownership of the backpack and claimed that it belonged to Gordon. Gordon alleged that the backpack belonged to West. West alleged that the backpack belonged to Gordon and Gordon was placed under arrest. While Gordon was being detained, reports state, he told officer’s that West had deceived them regarding his name and had outstanding warrants against him from several jurisdictions. Following the intelligence, officer ran West’s actual name and found warrants against him in multiple jurisdictions including Arkansas.
West was then arrested.