//VPD: Car accident leads to drug bust

VPD: Car accident leads to drug bust

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On October 17, 2020, at approximately 5:35 pm, patrol officers with Valdosta Police Department responded to the 500 block of North St. Augustine Road after receiving a 911 call about a vehicle accident involving two cars. While investigating the accident, officers were told that Tobias Ryan, who was driving one of the vehicles, went to his vehicle several times removing items and placing them in a vehicle parked nearby. Officers then observed Ryan take an item from his vehicle and place it in the same vehicle as the witness had described. Officers approached the vehicle while Ryan was leaning inside of it speaking with a subject, later identified as Jalen Lewis. Officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. Both Ryan and Lewis were detained, and the vehicle was searched. During the search, 1817.25 grams of marijuana was located along with a handgun and three different scales commonly used in the sale and distribution of narcotics. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $36,345. Both Lewis and Ryan were transported to Lowndes County Jail on the following charges:

Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. (Felony)

Possession of drug-related objects. (Felony)

Possession of drugs within 1000 feet of a school zone. (Felony)

Possession of a firearm during the commission of a Felony. (Felony)

“These officers did a fantastic job investigating this case, which prevented these drugs from being put on the streets of Valdosta”. Lt. Scottie Johns