Traffic accident leads to drug arrest in Valdosta

Traffic accident leads to drug arrest in Valdosta

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - About 2:30 Saturday afternoon, officers with the Valdosta Police Department (VPD) responded to the 900 block of Melody Lane after a call about a traffic accident.

While investigating the accident, officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from one of the vehicles.

They brought in a Valdosta Police Department police dog, which signaled the presence of drugs in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed several containers containing suspected marijuana, according to VPD.

Temaj Thomas, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

“I am extremely proud of our officers being observant and catching these drugs before they could be put out on the street,” said VPD Lt. Scottie Johns.

Although there’s no word on exactly what type of containers or how many, people who live in the neighborhood say they're worried about the presence of drugs.

“I’m afraid of it infiltrating Valdosta period, not just this neighborhood. Everywhere. It’s a pandemic that’s happening around America," one resident said.

The people in the neighborhood said they’ve been in the area for years.

They said lately the crime looks to be on the rise and like it might take over their neighborhood.

They said they’re extra careful to make sure they do things like lock their doors and look out for unusual activity.

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