A woman was arrested on drug charges March 2 while cruising around with her 16-year-old son.
At around 2 a.m., a Rockdale County Sheriff’s Sergeant was travelling on I-20 eastbound approaching Salem Road when he observed a Ford Explorer with two passengers and no tag light illuminating the rear tag. After pulling the SUV over, the officer noticed a strong smell of burnt marijuana emanating from its interior.
The driver was identified as Nikita Patterson, who had a warrant out of Clayton County for failure to appear. Before taking her into custody the officer asked her if there was any marijuana in the vehicle. She reportedly said that she had just dropped a friend off and that he had been smoking earlier.
After they exited the vehicle, the officer could reportedly smell marijuana on both Patterson and her son. A search of the vehicle revealed a burnt marijuana cigarette in the ashtray and a handgun between the driver seat and the center console. The handgun was a Taurus 22 caliber semi-automatic with its serial numbers filed off.
Patterson was taken into custody and was later found to have a bag of Marijuana inside her bra. She was charged with no tag lights, violation of Georgia controlled substance Act, criminal use of article with altered ID mark (Other than MV), and possession of drugs or weapons by an inmate.