WALTHOURVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) — A Hinesville man found himself in hot water Sunday afternoon after he was stopped for speeding on Dunlevie Road in Walthourville.
For Walthourville Police Lt. Anderson Deliford, the stop was routine until he started talking with Molbro Roberts, 26, of Hinesville.
According to Walthourville Police Chief Alfonza Hagan, Deliford detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and notified the Liberty County Sheriffs Office Canine unit.
When the canine officer arrived he had his drug detection dog walk around the vehicle which yielded a large cache of narcotics in the trunk of the vehicle.
Deliford, along with the Liberty County deputy, found an estimated 100 tablets of Xanax; 20 heat-sealed bags of marijuana, weighing 5 lbs. each; a handgun; and other paraphernalia.
“For this area, that is a major seizure,” Hagan said, although he couldn’t confirm the street value of the drugs.
The chief said it appears Roberts had just made a trip to Florida to resupply the narcotics.
Roberts was arrested and has been charged with DUI, failure to maintain his lane, trafficking narcotics, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and carrying a firearm. His bail was denied for the trafficking, distribution and weapons charges. Roberts was fined $1,095 total for traffic citations.
He is currently in the Liberty County Jail.
Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman said his deputies executed a similar bust last week when officers discovered more than 60 marijuana plants in a Hinesville mobile home park. He also said a large bust like this may point to a drug ring in the county.
“That lets us know that it’s a trend that there might be a suspected ring of drug or paraphernalia being processed through Liberty County and brought to Liberty County,” Bowman said.
“For this area…some people tend to think they can away with a lot of things,” he said, because of the size of the police force.
The sheriff said his deputies are working on beefing up the agency to begin a war on drugs coming into the community.