EATONTON, Ga. — An 18-year-old Putnam County man has been charged with an assortment of crimes following a traffic stop a week ago in Eatonton that led to the discovery of weapons, ammunition and drugs.
Several law enforcement agencies are now involved in an ongoing investigation surrounding the suspect and what may have led to him possessing two assault rifles and more than a hundred rounds of ammunition, as well as illegal drugs.
The suspect was identified as Ka’Deldrick Lamon Denham, of the 100 block of Horton Drive, Eatonton, according to records at the Putnam County Jail in Eatonton, where he remained Tuesday afternoon held without bond.
Denham recently appeared before Putnam County Chief Magistrate Dorothy Adams, who denied the suspect bond on each of the charges filed against him.
Authorities have charged Denham with 11 offenses, including Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA) for possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance (Hydrocodone), possession of marijuana less than an ounce, two counts of bringing contraband across guard lines at the county jail, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of drug-related objects, and speeding 76 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.
Sgt. Kevin Pope with the Georgia State Patrol post in Madison stopped Denham’s Nissan Altima at the intersection of Ga. Route 24 and Church Street in Eatonton for speeding on Wednesday, March 6. Denham reportedly was speeding 76 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.
The traffic stop was made shortly after 2 p.m.
Repeated attempts to reach Pope by phone were unsuccessful Tuesday.
Subsequently, the traffic stop led to a search of the car at which time illegal drugs and a stash of weapons and ammunition were found inside, as well as a bulletproof vest, authorities said.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said his office was not involved in any ongoing investigation related to the suspect.
Sills said the suspect was arrested following the traffic stop and later brought to the county jail.
Two of the charges brought against Denham are related to him reportedly being in the possession of drugs when he crossed the guard line at the jail, according to Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tracey Bowen, who serves as the county jail administrator. The drugs involved cocaine and marijuana, Bowen said via email.
Ocmulgee Drug Task Force Commander Wesley Nunn told the newspaper Tuesday afternoon that the traffic stop resulted in the ongoing investigation by his drug agents, as well as agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Eatonton Police Department.
Nunn said he notified Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence of the ongoing investigation because the city police department is a part of the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force.
“The agents with our task force recently were sworn in by the FBI’s office in Macon to work with federal agencies in cases involving the Safe Streets Act,” Nunn said. “We also were sworn in that same week by the U.S. Marshal’s Service under Title 18, which means we are all deputized by that federal agency, too.”
The majority of the charges brought against Denham were done in the form of warrants taken out against the suspect by Ocmulgee Drug Task Force Agent Cory McMullen.
Nunn said the suspect has not told them anything at this time.
“With evidence retrieved at the scene, we don’t really know what we’re looking at right now,” Nunn said, noting agents were attempting to track down some leads to see where the case goes from there.
Nunn said four of the rifles were telescopic and that two others were handguns. He said some of the guns had been purchased lawfully from a gun shop in Baldwin County. The weapons included more than a dozen magazine clips, he said.