Traffic stop yields 5 pounds of pot

A traffic stop for a missing tag light led a Forsyth County deputy to five pounds of marijuana early Thursday, Sheriff Ted Paxton said.

After pulling the Dodge Neon over along Ga. 400 near Peachtree Parkway, the deputy smelled raw marijuana and a drug-sniffing K-9 confirmed the suspicion, Paxton said.

“This proves once again that there is no such thing as a ‘routine' traffic stop,” Paxton said in a statement. “That’s why our deputies are trained to be prepared for anything to happen when they are doing their job."

A large backpack containing six large plastic bags of suspected marijuana was found in the trunk, and more was found on a passenger seat, Paxton said.

All three people in the car were placed under arrest, Paxton said. Those arrested include the driver, Brittney Rochelle Morris, 19, and Toni Marie Payette, 17, and Thomas Michael Sineath, 25. All three are from Cleveland in northeast Georgia.

Sineath was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. Both charges are felonies.

Morris and Payette were also charged with possession of marijuana. Morris was also charged with a tag light violation and for driving on the wrong class of license.

All three were transported to the Forsyth County jail and were released on bond later Thursday.