In a second, but separate case, Travis Eugene Pearson, 40, was charged with methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute and a firearms charge.
Authorities arrested Pearson with $13,000 cash in his pants pocket on I-85 when they pulled him over on a traffic violation on June 10, 2015. A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy found a loaded firearm and drugs in clear baggies and drug paraphernalia in the car.
He later admitted at least 10 people gave him the money in South Carolina and that he planned to use it to buy methamphetamine in Atlanta. He also told authorities he had been a daily user of the drug for two years.
Pearson said in the past he had made trips to Atlanta for drug-related activities.
He pleaded guilty to the crimes Oct. 26 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.