Two Southwest Georgia men were arrested by Bainbridge Public Safety on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 16, after marijuana was found during a traffic stop of their car, according to an incident report.
Tarrence Lakeith Allen, 32, of 216 Decatur Street, Bainbridge, and Roderick Demario Anderson, 36, of Thomasville, Ga., are both charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
After receiving a tip about possible illegal drug activity, Bainbridge Public Safety officers began looking out for a burgundy Chevrolet Impala.
State Trooper 1st Class Walt Landrum of the Georgia State Patrol’s Colquitt post located a car matching the description near the intersection of Edgewood Drive and West Street at 9:17 p.m., and the state trooper pulled the car over.
BPS Officer Pat Bryant joined Landrum for backup and the two officers talked briefly with Anderson and Allen. Trooper Landrum noticed what he believed was a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Officer Bryant and Trooper Landrum searched the car, and a white plastic bag containing suspected marijuana was located under a rear passenger seat.
Allen and Anderson were arrested and later booked into the Decatur County Jail. They are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in court.
Under Georgia law, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense. However, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is considered a felony.