Three people were taken into custody by Ware County lawmen Wednesday evening after a truck was stopped for weaving on the roadway and officers found a large amount of methamphetamine in the truck, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Mara Alease Johns, 22, of Blackshear, Dalton Andrew Basile, 24, of Pebble Hill, and Ronald Ashley Grover, 31, of Walnut Street, were taken into custody and taken to the Ware County jail where they remained this morning.
Royal said Johns is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, forgery, obstruction of an officer, driving without a license and failure to maintain a lane.
Basile is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana, Royal said.
Grover is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, obstruction of an officer and giving a false name, the sheriff said.
When Johns was taken to the jail, a female officer found a roll of counterfeit $20 bills in her pants waistline, Royal said.
Detective Tron Lewis and Sgt. Robert Weiss saw the Ford pickup truck at Blackshear Avenue and Darling Avenue about 8:39 p.m. and noticed the truck weaving. Royal said they followed the vehicle, which again weaved from the outside fog line back and forth across the centerline.
The officers tried to make a traffic stop but Johns, the truck driver, continued down Blackshear Avenue, crossed State Street and drove behind a convenience store.
When they finally made contact with the driver and her passengers, they found inside the truck 13 grams of methamphetamine, several empty plastic baggies and a digital scale with powdery residue identified as methamphetamine, Royal said.
Basile had in his possession a bag of marijuana, Royal said, and officers found a partially smoke marijuana cigarette inside the truck. Grover gave a false name of Justain Goodman but was positively identified at the jail through his previous arrests and jailers who were familiar with his true identity.
The investigation is continuing.