Officers with the Auburn Police Department seized a drugs and a handgun after a tip lead them to a suspicious vehicle.
A narcotics investigator received information indicating that two white males in an older model maroon vehicle would be transporting methamphetamine during the early morning hours of Sept. 1. The tipster indicated the vehicle would possibly be traveling on Sixth Street.
Two officers were stationed on College Street near Sixth Street to wait for the vehicle. At approximately 1:25 a.m., one of the officers spotted a maroon Mercury Sable traveling south on Sixth Street. The vehicle slowed at the stop sign at the intersection of Sixth Street and College Street, but did not come to a complete stop. The officer also noticed that one of the vehicle occupants was not wearing a seatbelt.
After initiating a traffic stop, the officer noticed that the driver, Chad Reed, appeared very nervous. His front seat passenger, Steven Deon Masters, 41, of 104 Maddox Road in Buford, was passed out and the rear seat passenger, Alston Wade Spence, 21, of 116 Meadow Drive in Cumming, would not make eye contact and was gripping a Crown Royal bag. Spence also had a rolled up piece of toilet paper wrapped with a rubber band in his lap.
Reed was asked to exit the vehicle. During a search of his pockets, officers found an alligator clip of the type commonly used to smoke marijuana. When the officer asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Reed said there was not.
An identification check revealed that both Masters and Spence had outstanding warrants. Both were taken into custody.
During a search incident to arrest, officers discovered a clear plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine in Masters’ possession along with rolling papers and a bottle containing Methocarbamol, Diazepam, Alprazolam and Cyclobenzaprine.
Officers also found a handgun concealed in the vehicle beneath Masters’ seat along with digital scales and a hypodermic needle. Reed was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign and released. Spence was transported to jail on the outstanding warrant. Masters was also jailed on charges of drug possession, drugs to be kept in original container, possession of a drug related object, possession of a firearm or knife while committing crimes, possession of arms by a convicted felon and probation violation.
Other recent arrests made by Auburn Police include:
•Marvin Keith Bearden Jr., 31, 270 Brookville Drive, Auburn, hold for other agency.
•Jarrett Daniel Boswell, 22, 367 Cross Creek Place, Auburn, VGCSA, failure to maintain lane and drugs to be kept in original container.
•Suzi Daree Daniel, 24, 128 Duke Street, Winder, outstanding warrant.
•James Kenneth Barnes, 50, 316 Carter Road, Auburn, outstanding warrant.
•Mark Alan Pestel, 49, 285 Fieldview Drive, Auburn, disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance.
Reed was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign and released. This is a freakin JOKE! I guess if you are going to go sell drugs make sure you drive and stash everthing under the passengers seat and you can go scotch free. He is just as guilty as the others in the car.