According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap and Cartersville Police Department Chief Tommy Culpepper, K-9 deputies initiated a traffic stop in the northbound lane near the Emerson exit; the vehicle allegedly failed to maintain its lane.
The "anxious and nervous" driver, later identified as Robert Mitchell Woodland, 25, allegedly said his license was suspended and "that they should just go ahead and take him to jail for that." Deputies then asked the driver for consent to search the vehicle, but he refused and a K-9 was deployed to conduct a sniff of the vehicle.
Deputies say the K-9 gave a positive alert on the vehicle, providing probable cause for a search of that vehicle. Capt. Mark Mayton said that as a result of the search, deputies confiscated several grams of cocaine and a pistol. Further investigation revealed that the driver had recently been released from prison.
The amount of the crack cocaine was consistent with that a dealer would posses, but more importantly an illegal weapon was removed from the streets and taken away from a criminal, Mayton said in the release.
Agents are following up on information gathered as a result of the arrest and expect more arrests in the near future. Woodland, of 505 Foxwood St., Dalton, was charged with possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a controlled substance felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving with suspended license and failure to maintain lane.