A routine traffic stopped turned into a drug bust for Fort Oglethorpe police, who found three men in possession of about two ounces of meth, authorities say.
According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:
Christopher Lee Hall, 42, of Chattanooga, Frank Lynn Giles Jr., 34, of Ringgold, and Bryan Keith Porter, 28, of Rossville were arrested Oct. 16 on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, trafficking methamphetamines, possession of oxycodone, possession of morphine, and possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to distribute.
Hall was also charged with a tag light violation.
All three men remained in Catoosa County jail as of Tuesday, Oct. 18, with bond set at $25,000 each for Giles and Porter and $25,500 for Hall.
The incident occurred just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, when officer James Davis pulled Hall over in the 3400 block of Cloud Springs Road.
After asking the men to step out of the car, Giles allegedly threw a marijuana blunt out into the grass on the shoulder of the road, reports show.
A Catoosa County sheriff's deputy also arrived at the scene with a K-9 drug dog after Davis says he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle.
During the search of the vehicle, officers found a draw-string bag in a floorboard filled with various drugs.
"I located a clear back containing marijuana," Davis said. "I continued searching and located a large zip-lock back containing a crystal-like substance consistent with methamphetamine."
Davis also found additional bags of meth, a digital scale, more baggies, and pills later identified as morphine and oxycodone.
"The bags of the blue crystal substance were weighed on the offender's digital scale with the combined weight being approximately 60 grams," Davis said.
None of the offender's wanted to claim ownership of the bag, and the case was turned over to the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force.
The task force collected all the drugs and paraphernalia as evidence and seized the undisclosed amount of cash the men had on them.
Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.