THOMASVILLE — Two people from Moultrie face drug charges after they were arrested Wednesday in Thomas County.

Area law enforcement agencies were on the lookout for a white, extended-cab Chevrolet pickup truck believed to be connected to thefts in Moultrie and in Colquitt and Brooks counties.

A Pavo police officer was aware of the alert when he saw the vehicle pass by his city hall office Wednesday afternoon.

The pickup traveled to a Pavo grocery store and parked. The female driver entered the business. The officer approached the vehicle and questioned the passenger, Joseph Sesler, 38, 323 Second St. N.W., Moultrie.

Sesler had an outstanding warrant in Lowndes County, said Keith Drawdy, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division  assistant commander.

Sesler and the woman, Holly Nicole Pope, 36, 635 Rosencrantz Road, Moultrie, were detained.

In a black jacket draped over the passenger seat of the truck, officers found a beverage holder.

Drawdy said inside was cash on top and under the cash was a large sum of what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine, adding that the substance tested positive for 2.1 ounces of the contraband.

Also found in the beverage holder was $1,272 in cash.

Because neither Sesler nor Pope would claim the meth, both were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

Drawdy said Sesler was wanted in Lowndes County for probation violation on a methamphetamine possession conviction.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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