NWGA Scanner | December 1st, 2021

Felons found with guns, large quantity of meth and cash after being stopped for tag light violation in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on November 18th, 2021, at 2:41 AM, Officer Ribot-Aviles was patrolling the area of Alabama Highway around GA-1 Loop. According to the report, Officer Ribot-Aviles observed Burgundy pick up the vehicle without a working tag light. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “As soon as [I] am visible, the pickup vehicle reduced the speed to under 50MPH. The vehicle then started to veer to the right side of the roadway, where it almost went over the roadway line. [I] was traveling in the inside line at the time. [I] was able to observe body movements inside the pickup. The vehicle continued to travel west on Alabama Hwy to a slower speed, something unusual for travelers on that roadway.” Due to the Tag Light violation, the officer initiated a traffic stop. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “As [I] am approaching the pickup, [I] was able to smell a strong odor of marijuana.” The officer made contact with the driver, Danny Kaye Ely, 61, of Cedartown, and advised him of the reason for the stop. According to the report, the officer recognized Ely from prior police encounters. The passenger, identified as Sandra Faye McGuire, 56, of Cave Spring, started to mention something that was not related to the traffic stop. Officer Wright arrived to assist with the traffic stop. According to the report, Ely denied anything illegal being inside the vehicle. According to the report, Officer Ribot-Aviles conducted a warrantless search of the vehicle due to the odor of marijuana. While exiting the vehicle, McGuire stayed beside the vehicle and was manipulating something in a purse. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “Then she moved to the back area of the pickup. She was moving slowly and making odd movements while she was turning around to walk away from the vehicle. [I] even told her to stop her actions when she was inside the vehicle.”
During the search of the vehicle, Officer Ribot-Aviles found a glass pipe with meth inside the pipe. Ely stated that the pipe was not his. The officer then located a concealed rifle in the backseat area. According to the report, The rifle was a 22 caliber rifle, and it was loaded. Another concealed rifle was then found in the back seat area. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “This rifle had a plate without any information, and it looked like the Serial Number, or any important information was filed off. The rifles were at hand reach for both Mr. Ely and Mrs. McGuire when they were inside the vehicle. Mr. Ely also stated that the rifle was not his.” On the passenger side, the officer located a plastic zip-lock bag with meth. The officer also found another baggie with the same type of substance on the passenger side step rail of the pickup. In the front passenger side area, the officer found more similar zip lock baggies as the one that was on the ground. More baggies of meth were then found on the floorboard. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “In my experience, having three baggies plus the empty baggies that were found in the driver seat and passenger seat area, [I] had reason to believe that the items three packages were packed for resale. In the backseat area, there was a new box with zip lock baggies. During the search, [I] found residue of marijuana inside a cigarette box and a small black bag.” Both McGuire and Ely were transported to the Floyd County Jail. At the County Jail, it was discovered that Ely was in possession of $1080 in cash. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported that he is familiar with Ely being a Convicted Felon and currently under the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “[I] arrested Mr. Ely in 2018 for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also in possession of meth on that incident. Mr. Ely was in possession of a similar rifle on that incident. Mr. Ely was also arrested in 2015 for a firearm charge and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Mrs. McGuire was also under the supervision of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Sandra Faye McGuire used to be Sandra Ford. She has prior arrest and convictions for Firearm violation as well as Controlled Substances violations. Ely was booked into the jail charged with improper tail lights, parole violation, possession of meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug-related objects. McGuire was booked into the jail charged with abandonment of dangerous drugs, tampering with evidence, abandonment of dangerous drugs, probation violation, possession of meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug-related objects.