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Police Find Several Pounds of Marijuana During Buford Traffic Stop

Two men arrested on charges of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

A Jan. 15 traffic stop on Buford Drive led to the arrest of two Gainesville men on drug charges.

Narcotic investigators witnessed a possible drug transaction in the parking lot of the Mall of Georgia. The persons who allegedly received a package believed to be drugs left the mall in a white Ford Focus and headed north on Buford Drive.

A uniformed officer caught up with the vehicle and noticed the tag had a tinted license plate cover that made the plate difficult to read. The officer pulled the vehicle over for the tag cover violation and made contact with the two occupants, identified as Jimmy Malone, 29, and his brother Genova Malone, 39.

“As I made contact with the occupants, I immediately smelled the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the officer wrote in the report. The officer further noted that both men appeared “visibly nervous.”

The officer informed the driver, Jimmy Malone, that he intended to write him a warning for the illegal license plate cover. As he finished writing the warning, he asked Malone if there were any illegal drugs in the vehicle. Malone said there were not, but refused the officer’s request to search the car.

The officer then spoke with Genova Malone and asked if he had anything illegal in the car. The officer informed Genova that he smelled marijuana and intended to search the vehicle. He then asked Genova to step out of the car. As Genova was exiting the vehicle, he reportedly said, “It’s in the car. It’s my marijuana.” Genova advised the officer that his brother Jimmy did not know it was in the vehicle.

The marijuana was located in a shopping bag.

“Inside were four large Ziploc bags with marijuana inside,” the report stated. “Each bag appeared to be approximately one pound each. Both Jimmy and Genova were placed in handcuffs.”

The brothers were transported to the Gwinnett County Jail and booked on a single charge each of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Both men were released the following day, each on a $5,700 bond.

The marijuana was placed into evidence. The car, along with cash found in the brothers’ possession, was seized.

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FlyingTooLow January 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I wish these two young men a speedy and complete exoneration. Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. As my years in prison rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for YEARS. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I would be honored by your review.
FlyingTooLow January 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Here is one of its reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars... If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.

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