Four people were taken into custody on drug charges after they were discovered using marijuana at Sweetwater Park near Thomson by a local deputy sheriff last Friday night.
A report filed by Deputy Jared Land of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department identified the suspects as: Austin Blake Godbee, 17, of the 1300 block of Wild Turkey Drive, Gibson; David Karlton Lowe, 18, of the 1000 block of Wire Road, Thomson; Christopher Andre Pin, 18, of the 100 block of Hinton Drive, Dearing; and Gunner Bo Carson, 17, of the 300 block of County Line Road, Gibson.
All four teenagers were charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of marijuana, while Mr. Lowe also was charged with one count of possession of drug related objects, records show. Following their arrests by Deputy Land and Sgt. First Class Mike Hobbs, the suspects were taken in patrol cars to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.
Deputy Land explained in his report that he was on routine patrol at the recreation park shortly before 8:30 p.m. when he spotted two sets of tire tracks leading up to two buildings near the old ball fields. As Deputy Land drove up closer, he spotted the teenagers. After getting out of his patrol car, he told them that he could smell burnt marijuana.
After asking if they had any marijuana for a second time, Mr. Godbee reportedly told Deputy Land he did and would get it for him. He retrieved what was described as three small bags of marijuana from his car.
Mr. Lowe reportedly gave consent for Deputy Land to search his car. The deputy discovered what was described as a "large" plastic bag containing marijuana in the glove compartment. Mr. Godbee later allowed a search of his car. Two glass pipes, along with another small bag of marijuana were found.
After arriving at the jail, Mr. Carson reportedly reached into a jacket pocket and pulled out another small bag of marijuana. Deputy Land also reported that Mr. Lowe had a digital scale device that resembled a cell phone.