Routine Traffic stop ends with passenger arrested for drugs

A routine traffic stop ends with the arrest of a Toccoa man.

According to Toccoa Police Chief Jimmy Mize, on August 7, officers with the Toccoa Police Department were patrolling Big A Road when they observed a vehicle with multiple taillight violations.

The driver was cleared of any warrants and released on scene with warnings for the violations.

However, when obtaining GCIC information on the passenger, later identified as Brian Lamar Craft, 39, of Toccoa, it was determined that he had given a false name and date of birth.

Mize said that a set of digital scales with crystal shards believed to be methamphetamine was located in his pocket.

After placing Craft into the patrol car, officers observed him moving around in the car.

Upon a thorough search of the seats, Mize said officers found 2 clear corner bags with white residue and a third corner bag containing what was believed to be marijuana had been shoved down into the seat.

Craft was charged with giving false name and date of birth, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

He was transported to Stephens County Jail.