COVINGTON, Ga. – A Tennessee man remains behind bars in the Newton County Jail following his late Thursday night arrest on gun and drug charges after a traffic stop.
According to a Covington Police Department incident report, officers arrested Gregory Kestner of Bristol, Tennesse shortly before 11:30 p.m. Mar. 7 after pulling over his 2002 Ford Ranger pick-up at the intersection of Alcovy Road and City Pond Road for a malfunctioning headlight.
After checking Kestner’s license, police reportedly discovered that he was wanted in Tennessee for multiple offenses, including the sale of methamphetamine. While officers waited for authorities in Tennessee to confirm that they would extradite Kestner, he consented to a search of his pick-up.
While searching the truck, officers reportedly found a Colt 1911 Series 80 pistol in a pistol case in the driver’s side floorboard, a Springfield XD .45 cal pistol in a laptop case in the back seat and a Crosman 357 BB pistol in the front passenger’s floorboard.
Officers also found a duffle bag containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the back seat. During the search, the Sullivan County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office reportedly confirmed that it would extradite.
While they were searching Kestner before putting him into a patrol car, police reportedly found a plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance and another baggie containing a brown, compacted substance. Police found another baggie in Kestner’s front pocket that contained three peach colored pills.
According to the report, after being read his Miranda Rights, Kestner identified the crystal-like substance as methamphetamine and the brown substance as heroin.
Kestner, 47, was booked into the jail early Friday morning charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, drugs not in original container, possession of drug-related objects, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and a headlight violation.