Ware County lawmen have recorded their first encounter with a new and highly dangerous drug Monday evening, a synthetic methamphetamine with a street name of flakka, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
“The effects of this drug are much worse than even the genuine methamphetamine,” Royal said.
A traffic stop here Monday resulted in the arrests of a pair of suspects for possession of flakka, he said.
The people, Candace Welch Miller, 35, of College Park, and her passenger, Ricky Felix Kemp, of Acworth, 29, were taken into custody when a Ware County deputy made a traffic stop after he observed a 2007 Ford car swerving from side to side and crossing the centerline on U.S. 1 at the Jamestown Road. Royal said after Miller stopped the vehicle, both of the occupants seemed highly agitated and nervous, Miller to the point of being hostile.
Kemp, the passenger, first told lawmen his name was Elijah Patterson and that he was born in 1994. Deputies then discovered his name was Kemp and that he was 29 years old. Royal said he was holding a bandage on his arm that was bloody.
After Sgt. Michael Ray and his k-9 Miko arrived, the animal indicated the presence of narcotics at several spots on the car. Inside the vehicle, lawmen found a glass smoking pipe with residue inside, a clear plastic bag of crystal methamphetamine, a clear plastic bag containing a gray and brown substance that field tested positive as flakka, the synthetic, six bags of marijuana and a plastic bowl with residue.
Miller is charged with possession of methamphetamine, obstruction, possession of a drug related object, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule I drug, flakka and driving a vehicle with an expired tag, said Royal.
Kemp is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule I drug, flakka, and giving false name and date of birth, said Royal.
Both remained in the Ware County jail this morning.