NWGA Scanner | September 13th, 2021
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on September 5th, 2021, at around 6:17 PM, while conducting patrol operations on GA – 140 near Floyd Springs Road, Officer Sangphim observed a gray Dodge Challenger traveling westbound speeding. Officer Sangphim reported,”[I] also observed that the vehicle’s license plate was covered by a tinted license plate cover, obscuring the plain view of the tag. [I] knew the driver was operating his vehicle in excess of 65 mph but was unable to pace him further after he increased speed.” The driver, later identified as Eric Lamon Jackson, 43, of Calhoun, turned northbound onto Martha Berry Highway. Eric was then paced again on Martha Berry Highway, going around 68 mph. According to the report, the officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in Mr. C’s gas station located at 6280 Martha Berry Highway. Officer Sangphim reported, “[I] immediately could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. It was at this time that [I] observed that there were three children in the back seat, two of which were not properly fastened in car seats. [I] observed a two-year-old without a car seat, and in the driver’s side rear seat, there was a car seat with a 9-month old that was in a car seat, but the car seat was not buckled. The 9-month-old’s car seat (carrier type) was just loose in the backseat.” According to the report, “Eric appeared nervous, would stutter from time to time, and kept trying to rush the traffic stop (wanted to drop the female and the kids off at the gas station so that he could go get another car seat).” Officer Pelanek arrived on the scene to assist the officer. Officer Sangphim reported, “[I] asked Eric where the marijuana was at. He stated that he had smoked earlier, but there was no more marijuana. [I] informed him that [I] would be searching his vehicle and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Eric’s demeanor became odd, and he was giving me indicators that he was preparing to run. Eric was looking off into the distance and seemed to be looking for avenues of escape.” According to the report, After detaining, Jackson officers located $1253.00 (counted in front of Dashcam) in small bills (no bill larger than a twenty). Officer Sangphim reported, “Given that [I] could smell marijuana and now had located a large amount of cash consistent with drug sales (briefly looked at it seeing mostly $1’s, $5’s and $20’s) [I] became suspicious that [I] may find more inside the vehicle.” The front seat passenger was identified as Tiffany Bowles, 36, of Atlanta. While searching the vehicle, officers found a large amount of marijuana, a large bag of ecstasy, a digital scale, a marijuana grinder, and a 40 cal Taurus Millennium PT111. According to the report, When asked about the ecstasy, Eric stated, “mmhmm, that’s mine,” but then stated they were vitamins that he bought at the smoke shop. Eric and Tiffany were both placed under arrest. Tiffany admitted that the grinder in her purse contained marijuana. According to the report, a family member who identified herself as the 14 year-olds mothers. She stated that she could take custody of the kids for the foreseeable future. Tiffany also informed her that she would be going to jail for a while and stated she wanted her to also take custody of her two children. Officer Sangphim reported, “Given that [I] could smell marijuana and now had located a large amount of cash consistent with drug sales (briefly looked at it seeing mostly $1’s, $5’s and $20’s) [I] became suspicious that [I] may find more inside the vehicle. Officer Sangphim reported, “Given the totality of the evidence, it was my belief that Eric Jackson and Jaquitta Jackson were selling/distributing ecstasy. [I] placed a hold on Eric’s vehicle, which was registered to him, and seized it.” Both Eric and Tiffany were then transported to the Floyd County Jail. Officer Sangphim reported, “Prior to leaving the sally port [I] asked both individuals if they had anything else illegal on them and warned them that it would be an additional charge if they were concealing anything else, both answered no.” According to the report, A jail officer escorted Tiffany to the back for a strip search (Tiffany stated she was pregnant, so the body scanner was not utilized). Officer Sangphim reported, “The female jail officer then recovered $220 dollars (fifties and twenties consistent with drug sales) that Tiffany had concealed in her cleavage. The jail officer also recovered two bags of methamphetamine (one very large chunk of meth and one smaller chunk of meth packaged for resale), two small bags of marijuana (packaged for sales), and a very large bag of yellow ecstasy pills (More than 40 by visual estimation) that Tiffany had concealed in the groin area of her romper.” According to the report, Tiffany stated she did not know what the pills or crystal-like substances were. Eric was showed the drugs and asked if those were his too, that they were recovered from Tiffany’s Bowles groin area. He stated, “yeah, they’re mine too,” and stated it multiple times. The corporal of the Rome Police-Metro Task Force took possession of all evidence from the case. Officer Sangphim reported, “It should also be noted that the 14-year-old and 2 years old in the back seat were in close proximity to dangerous and illegal drugs as well as a loaded handgun. [I] have also completed a DFACS Notification.” Eric was charged with possession o a controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession and distribution of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, trafficking methamphetamine, speeding, display of license plate, and a seat belt violation for children. Tiffany was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession and distribution of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and trafficking methamphetamine.