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Traffic stop for no lights nets CPD a drug arrest
Toddrick Mitchell
Toddrick Mitchell

COVINGTON, Ga. – Police arrested a Covington man on drug charges early Monday after stopping him for driving without lights, according to a police report.

Toddrick Mitchell, 28, was arrested just after midnight Dec. 4 after Covington Police Officer Denis Cerovic saw him driving a silver Hyundai Sonata out of the Raceway gas station onto Highway 278 without headlights or taillights.

According to the report, Cerovic initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at Highway 278 and Turner Lake Road and made contact with Mitchell. After making contact, Cerovic reportedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

After questioning, Mitchell said there was a small amount of marijuana in a glass jar in the glove compartment. Cerovic reported locating a green, leafy substance in the glove box, along with a small scale and a clear plastic zip lock bag.

After placing Mitchell under arrest for marijuana possession less than one ounce, Cerovic continued to search the vehicle. According to the report, he found a clear plastic baggie with 26.5 pills inside in the center console. The baggie reportedly had the imprint “DEADBOLT” on it.

Cerovic checked the pills with the imprint “IP 204” through the pill identifier website which indicated they were acetaminophen and Oxycodone Hydrochloride 325mg, a Schedule II drug only to be obtained by prescription.

According to the report, Mitchell told Cerovic he did not have a prescription for the pills and that he did not know they were in his vehicle.

He was transported to the Newton County Jail charged with driving with no headlights, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, and Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act Schedule II.