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Meth found during traffic stop
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A Conyers resident and a Porterdale resident were arrested on Sept. 3 with methamphetamines in their possession.

During a safety check point on Salem Road near the Newton County line conducted by special operations, a Rockdale County Sheriff's deputy pulled over a red 2000 Mazda Protégé.

When the driver, Chad Taylor, 27, of Porterdale, handed over his license, the deputy could smell a heavy odor of alcoholic beverage coming from within the vehicle, according to reports.

Taylor was taken under custody after his license turned out to be suspended due to failure to appear. According to reports, Taylor also had a warrant out in Newton County.

The passenger, William Anderson, 46, of Conyers, was asked to step out of the vehicle for questioning and was asked why he wasn't driving. The Conyers resident responded that he wasn't driving because he was drunk.

A search of the vehicle turned up one empty can of Natural Light under the front seat. On the rear floor board, the deputy noticed two clear plastic baggies with blue symbols on them that were "consistent with narcotics."

According to reports, the deputy retrieved the baggies and noted "a clear crystalline substance consistent with Methamphetamine in them." There was also a dollar bill folded strangely on the floor next to the baggies.

Another deputy retrieved the dollar bill and noted a white powdery substance in the dollar bill, which was field tested and came back positive for cocaine.

A firearm was located in the trunk. It was wrapped in a T-shirt, but the box was located near it with Anderson's name on it, but Anderson was not charged with a weapon violation.

Taylor and Anderson were taken to the Rockdale County jail and charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance, driving while license suspended/revoked, open container, possession of firearm or knife during commission of a crime and attempt to commit certain felonies.