THOMASVILLE — A domestic dispute led to a Boston man also being charged with drug and firearms offenses, according to reports.
A Thomas County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to Highway 84 in the Boston area in reference to a domestic dispute, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
Law enforcement was "told the defendant left the scene in a silver van and was headed toward Thomasville on (Highway) 84," said Louis Schofill, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics Vice Division commander.
A traffic stop of the vehicle, a Chrysler Town and Country, was conducted on Highway 84 and Crabapple Drive.
The driver, identified as Santo Rocky McClain, refused to roll down the window at the deputy's request before opening the driver side door, according the incident report.
The deputy got a strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle, Schofill said.
"The deputy asked him if he had been smoking marijuana in the vehicle and he stated he had been the previous day," Schofill said.
McClain's vehicle was searched and a mason jar and three bags of marijuana were recovered from a shoebox in the passenger rear floorboard. A digital scale also was recovered.
A black handgun was found during the search in a child's backpack, according to Schofill.
McClain was charged with manufacture/distribute/possession with intent to distribute, possession and use of drug related objects, possession of marijuana, receipt, possession, or transfer of firearm by convicted felon, and use of firearm by convicted felon during commission of crime. McClain also was charged with three counts of cruelty to children and simple battery.
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