Three Arrested After Drugs, Gun and Ledger Found in Car
A Gwinnett County Police officer stopped the vehicle on I-85 near Hamilton Mill Road.
A Nov. 18 traffic stop on I-85 led to the arrest of three people on multiple drug-related charges.
A Gwinnett County Police officer was traveling northbound on I-85 when he noticed a white Chrysler Cirrus with a cracked windshield displaying a license plate that was not assigned to the vehicle. After seeing the vehicle cross over the center line and fog line, the officer pulled the car over just south of Hamilton Mill Road.
While writing citations for the driver, Johnny Byrum, 51, of Bowman, Ga., the officer noticed Byrum seemed “extremely nervous.” The officer checked Byrum’s license and discovered it had been suspended in April of 2012. Byrum was also listed as being on active probation. When asked why he was on probation, Byrum initially said it was related to a DUI charge but quickly changed his answer to drug possession.
The licenses of Byrum’s passengers, Sonya Byrum, 30, of Bowman, Ga. and Alicia Flynt, 30, of Dewy Rose, Ga., had also been suspended.
During his conversation with the officer, Johnny Byrum said he and the two females had traveled to Gwinnett County to go shopping at the Mall of Georgia. Byrum was unable to name any of the stores at which they had shopped.
“I noticed Byrum’s nervousness increased during the traffic stop and his speech became more and more non-understandable,” the officer wrote in the arrest report.
Another officer arrived at the scene and interviewed Byrum’s passengers. The two women provided a different account of why the trio was in Gwinnett. Due to the discrepancies in the vehicle occupants’ stories and Byrum’s behavior, the officer requested consent to search the vehicle, which Byrum granted.
In the seat where Flynt had been sitting, the officer found a pill later identified as hydrocodone and a marijuana joint. In the glove compartment, the officer found two glass pipes of the type commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and a small baggy containing green, leafy material that field-tested positive for marijuana.
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