NWGA Scanner | May 11th, 2021

Cleveland pair arrested after K-9 finds over 2 pounds of meth during DUI traffic stop in Gordon County

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Monday, May, 3rd 2021, at approximately 7:55 PM, a Georgia State Patrol Trooper observed a green in color Kia Sorento with a Tennessee License plate traveling northbound on Interstate 75 travel across the fog line. The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in Wendy’s Parking lot located on Georgia Highway 53 and made contact with the driver identified as Bobby Dean Hamilton, 49, of Cleveland, TN. Hamilton could only provide the trooper with a Tennessee identification as his driver’s license was suspended. During the course of the traffic stop, Hamilton appeared to be edgy and nervous. The trooper also detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Hamilton’s person. When asked where he was coming from, Hamilton replied, “the mall in Dalton.” After speaking with Hamilton, the trooper spoke with the passenger of the vehicle identified as Patricia Dixon, 49, of Cleveland, TN. Dixon is the owner of the Kia Sorento that they were occupying. Dixon was asked where they were coming from and had a different story, stating that they had been riding around Georgia and were coming from south of Atlanta. The trooper asked Hamilton for consent to search the vehicle, and Hamilton refused consent. The trooper contacted Gordon County 911 and requested a K-9 unit. The trooper also contacted Bartow County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy and requested he is en route to the location. While waiting for the K-9, the trooper conducted Field Sobriety evaluations on Hamilton. Hamilton showed several clues of impairment and also showed positive for alcohol on a preliminary breath test. The Bartow County deputy arrived with his K-9 shortly after. After conducting a free air sniff of the vehicle, the deputy advised the trooper that the K-9 had alerted the vehicle. During the course of the search of the vehicle, the trooper located in the front passenger floor where Dixon had been sitting a grocery bag that contained a “chip bag.” Located inside the chip bag was a clear gallon size Zip Loc type bag that contained approximately 2.2 pounds of suspected methamphetamine. Both Dixon and Hamilton were immanently placed in handcuffs. Gordon County deputies contacted supervisors who requested detectives be en route to the location. Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation who are also members of the DEA Task Force in Tennessee were contacted. The agents advised Gordon County detectives that he was familiar with both individuals in custody. Hamilton advised agents that he had been in contact with an individual in the Georgia prison System he identified as PEPO. Both Agents from the DEA, as well as other Drug Enforcement Officers in North Georgia and Tennessee, were very familiar with PEPO being involved in a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking ring. Hamilton and Dixon were both booked into the Gordon County Jail charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Hamilton was also charged with DUI- driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while license is suspended, and failure to maintain a single lane.