Lawmen on patrol in Ware County early Monday night pulled over a couple of speeders and wound up taking dangerous, illegal narcotics off the streets, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
The first drug case was made against suspect Ottis Tyrone Gainer, 34, of MLK Drive in Waycross, when Deputy Jake Griffin noticed his 2013 Chrysler 300 on U.S. Highway 84 near California Avenue going over the speed limit of 35 mph and made a traffic stop, Royal said.
As he approached the vehicle, Griffin detected a strong odor of marijuana, said Royal. Gainer admitted he had smoked some earlier and that he also had a quantity of green marijuana in his vehicle, Royal said. He said a search of the vehicle interior turned up a plastic bag containing $7,120, a second bag holding $984 and a plastic bag containing ecstasy, while a search of the trunk of the car turned up a shoe box holding ecstasy pills and digital scales.
Gainer was arrested at 7:11 p.m. and placed in the Ware County jail where he remained this morning, Royal said.
In a separate case at 7:30 p.m. Kevin Belvis Dial, 49, of Telmore-Dixie Union Road; was stopped for speeding and was charged with possession of crystal meth, speeding and driving with an expired tag, Royal said.
Canine Deputy Jeff Nolan observed a red Silverado pickup truck moving on U.S. 1 North at Owl Lane that had an expired tag and was going over the speed limit, Royal said. After making a traffic stop, the deputy noticed the driver appeared nervous and deployed his drug dog, Miko, Royal said. He said the animal alerted to the presence of narcotics and a search of Dial’s vehicle turned up a supply of crystal meth.
He was taken to the Ware County jail and booked on the charges, Royal said.