A 19-year-old Washington County man was taken into custody on drug charges following a traffic violation and stop by a sheriff’s deputy in Milledgeville early Saturday.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Towe identified the man as Dylan Carl Jenkins, of the 200 block of Harmony Church Road, Sandersville.
Jenkins was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, and failure to obey a traffic control device, records show.
After his arrest, Jenkins was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center and jailed.
Towe said he stopped Jenkins’ 2015 Honda Accord shortly before 1 a.m. at the intersection of Swint Avenue and Caraker Avenue.
Towe said he saw Jenkins made a right turn onto Caraker Avenue while the traffic signal was red.
“I then observed the vehicle make an improper turn by going all the way to the lefthand lane when making the turn,” Towe said.
A short time later, the deputy initiated a traffic stop.
Towe said when he stepped out of his patrol car and went to talk with the driver that he smelled marijuana coming from inside the car.
The driver later identified himself and said he was unaware that he could not make a righthand turn while the traffic light was red.
The deputy said he pointed out the posted sign that informs motorists not to make a right turn when the traffic signal is red.
Towe said he went back to his patrol car and began checking information about the driver and also requested assistance from another deputy.
As soon as Deputy David Watson arrived, Towe said he had Jenkins step out of his car.
At that time, Jenkins reportedly admitted to the deputies that he uses marijuana, but that he had not been using any before the traffic stop.
“Jenkins stated that his brother uses the vehicle a lot and that his brother may have left something illegal inside,” Towe said in his report.
The deputy said the suspect told him that if there was anything illegal in the car that it would be found on the passenger’s side.
During a search, Towe said he found a small plastic bag in the driver’s door. Under the driver’s seat, the deputy said he found a pink-colored grinder with marijuana residue in it.
Under the passenger’s seat, meanwhile, Towe said he found a bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a vaporizer pen tank that he suspected contained THC oil.
“The oil inside the tank was brown and extremely thick,” Towe said. “My training, knowledge and experience with this oil, I believed this to be THC oil.”
Jenkins was arrested, while a passenger, who admitted he had just gotten a ride from Jenkins, was detained for a short period and but was allowed to go without any charges filed against him.