Two men arrested on meth trafficking charge

Dustin Kyle Norris

John Clayton Brantley

T. Michael Stone

michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Greene County deputies arrested two men Dearing men on meth trafficking and weapons charges on Jan. 4.

According to an incident report obtained from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Patrick Paquette conducted a traffic stop on a green Infiniti traveling eastbound on I-20. Paquette said the vehicle failed crossed over into the fog line as it passed him near mile post 131.

Paquette followed the vehicle and observed it drifting in and out of its lane.

After Paquette activated his emergency lights, the vehicle did not immediately stop, and the passengers sat up and began moving around in the vehicle.

The vehicle came to a stop at mile post 135, and Paquette approached the passenger side. As he did, he noticed the passenger leaning forward in an attempt to put something under the seat according to the report.

Paquette made contact with the driver who said he didn’t have his license with him. The passenger located the registration and said the car belonged to him.

Paquette noticed the end of plastic container wrapped in plastic sticking out from under the seat.

The driver, later identified as Dustin Kyle Norris, 27, of 5344 Adams Chapel Road, Dearing, was asked to exit the vehicle and was handcuffed by Deputy Anderson who had arrived to assist.

While searching the driver, Paquette found a found a revolver and a glass pipe with residue on it.

The passenger, later identified as John Clayton Brantley, 40 of 200 South Main Street, Dearing, said he had been smoking meth. He was also removed from the vehicle.

Paquette asked Brantley who the meth under the seat belonged to and he said it was “theirs,” and that they had gone to Atlanta to pick it up and were “taking it to a guy in Augusta.”

Brantley said he couldn’t remember what they paid for it.

Paquette retrieved the container and also found a digital scale, a spoon with powdery residue and several plastic baggies, according to the report.

The handgun turned out to be stolen from Richmond County, and a background check revealed that Brantley had an extensive criminal history with multiple felony convictions.

The methamphetamine weighed approximately 2 pounds.

 

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