Meth dealers arrested
A two-month undercover investigation was brought to a head when an undercover agent with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office/Conyers Police Department Joint Drug Task Force arrested two suspects for allegedly selling drugs and possessing counterfeit cash.
Darren Waddell, of Conyers, and Samantha Leonard Harris, who reportedly lived with her parents in the Buckhead area in Atlanta, were arrested at the Jameson Inn on Friday. Waddell and Harris were charged with sale of methamphetamines, possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects. Waddell was also charged with forgery in the second degree because of allegedly possessing counterfeit cash.
Both suspects reportedly cooperated in the arrest, and a dog that was with them was turned over to Harris's parents.
Investigators began looking into the two because of anonymous tips about activity going in and out of the motel, according to RCSO spokesperson Jodi Shupe.
Two men pulled over on the evening of Jan. 14, and had their vehicle searched. The passenger, Gary Vaughn Jr., 31, of Loganville, was charged with violation of the Georgia controlled substance act and possession and use of drug related objects. The driver, Michael Steig, 33, of Lilburn was issued a citation for failure to drive within lane.
The incident occurred between 6:47 and 7:49 p.m. eastbound on I-20 approaching Hwy. 138. The deputy pulled over a blue passenger car which was failing to maintain its lane. After pulling the vehicle over and making contact with the driver, the officer noticed that both the gentlemen's hands were shaking and they seemed nervous.
After acquiring an agreement to search the vehicle, the officer asked them to step outside. The passenger asked for his jacket from the back seat and the officer went to retrieve it for him.
The officer grabbed what he believed was the passenger's jacket and immediately felt something in the pocket which felt like needles. The jacket contained a small brown fabric bag, in which there were two hypodermic needles, a q-tip and a small silver spoon with a powdery substance on it.
When asked what it was, Vaughn said it was used "for Oxycontin." He was later taken to the Rockdale County jail. Steig was written a citation and released.