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Cash, drugs and gun found during traffic stop

A Covington man was arrested after Conyers police discovered a large amount of cash, a handgun and marijuana in his possession during a traffic stop.

Isaiah Blake, 28, was pulled over around 11 p.m. on April 16 as he was driving in a red Honda Accord on I-20.
A Conyers Police Department officer, Sgt. Jay Archer, reportedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana and, after another officer arrived on the scene, the driver was asked if there was marijuana in the car or on him.

Blake denied having marijuana. The other officer then located about 2 ounces of marijuana in the car, along with a handgun in the glove compartment. A large amount of cash was also located in Blake's pockets.

Blake claimed that the marijuana was used for medical purposes - to alleviate migraine pain - and was given to him for free. He also claimed that the money was given to him by his wife.

A woman arrived on the scene identifying herself as the suspect's fiancé and explained that they were going to get married in a few days.

When asked about the cash, she reportedly told officers she did not know about the marijuana or that he had the cash and that she had not given him the cash.

Blake was arrested and charged with speeding, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The bond was set at $25,000 for each of the latter charges.

"This was a good, solid stop in which the sergeant immediately detected the smell of raw marijuana. Traffic stops often go beyond the simple traffic violation, and can sometimes reveal much more serious crimes," wrote Capt. Scott Freeman. "In this case, it was a dangerous combination of drugs, money, and a weapon."