THOMASVILLE — Because neither the driver nor the passenger in a vehicle stopped for traffic violations would claim ownership of contraband found in the vehicle, both were charged and transported to the Thomas County Jail.
A Thomas County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped the truck, traveling on U.S. 19, at 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
"The truck was pulling a large trailer that had no lights and no tag," said Keith Drawdy, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division assistant commander, adding that the front windshield of the truck was shattered and cracked in several places.
The driver was Michael Roger Daniel, 32, 2479 Daniel Lane, Meigs, with Danielle Nicole Fortner, 29, of the same address, as a passenger.
Cargo on the trailer was described as "junk." Drawdy said Daniel's driver's license had expired, and his vehicle's registration was suspended.
"Both gave different stories about where they had been and where they were going," Drawdy said.
In a door panel in the truck, officers found two methamphetamine pipes containing suspected methamphetamine and a loaded Glock 19 handgun.
Drawdy said the driver and passenger said they had no knowledge about the drug or firearm.
Both are charged with methamphetamine possession and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
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