LCSO arrests two men with prescription pills, pound of marijuana

| February 5, 2016

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VALDOSTA – The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men during an Interstate 75 traffic stop Thursday night, and one of the men is being charged with possession of prescription drugs and a pound of marijuana.

At approximately 10 p.m., LCSO deputies assigned to the Interstate Criminal Enforcement Unit stopped a Toyota Camry reportedly traveling north on I-75 at 88 mph, said LCSO Capt. Stryde Jones.

The deputy stopped the vehicle at the 14 mile marker and began speaking with the driver,” Jones said. “During the conversation with the driver and the passenger, the deputy noticed the smell of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle.”

The driver of the vehicle reportedly did not have a driver’s license. Deputies then search the vehicle on found a duffle bag the passenger allegedly claimed was his, Jones said.

“Inside the bag, deputies found a plastic bag containing other smaller plastic bag which collectively contained approximately one pound of marijuana,” Jones said. “Also in the bag were 187 Alprazolam and 87 Oxycodone tablets, both prescription medications which neither person had a prescription for. Alprazolam is commonly known by as Xanax and is used for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid and is often prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain.”

The marijuana has street value between $900 to $1,000 in Georgia, Jones said.

Nathan Moses Hillmon, 20, of Dania, Florida was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule II drug (Oxycodone) and possession of a Schedule IV druge (Alprazolam). Jacari Trevon Vereen, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was charged with speeding and driving without a license, reports stated.

“This is a perfect example of our continued effort to fight the distribution of illegal narcotics,” said LCSO Sheriff Chris Prine. “Intercepting this pair and the investigation by the deputies was a great job and prevented these drugs from ever making it to the street. We hope stopping the drugs here interrupted a drug dealers operation somewhere.”

Hillmon and Vereen were taking to the Lowndes County Jail and were expected to appear before a magistrate judge Friday afternoon.

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