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Overtime Duty Shift Leads to a Double Arrest

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VALDOSTA— Overtime can reap some neat benefits: more money in the bank, more reputation with employers, and, for a skilled patrol officer, more arrests.

On January 4, 2020, at approximately 12:55 am, a patrol officer with Valdosta Police Department was working an extra duty assignment in the 1800 block of North Ashley Street when a subject came into the location smelling of marijuana.

The officer approached the subject, later identified as Christopher Brooks when he was entering a vehicle. At that time the officer detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle as well. There was a passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Rashaun Taylor. During the investigation, officers were able to locate a cigar that contained marijuana, ecstasy pills, and a handgun.

Brooks was transported to Lowndes County Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of Marijuana;
  • Possession of Ecstasy;
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony; and
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Taylor was transported to Lowndes County Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of Ecstasy; and
  • Possession of Marijuana

We are very proud of our officer for following up on his instincts which led to these drugs being removed from the streets and this gun being taken from someone who should have never had it.

Lt. Scottie Johns, Valdosta Police Department