NWGA Scanner | March 24th, 2022

Traffic stop for seatbelt and littering violation leads to meth trafficking charges for Aragon men in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on March 9th, 2022, around 12:50 AM, Officer Ribot-Aviles was in the area of Rockmart Highway, in Silver Creek. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “[I] was on a marked patrol unit. [I] was driving around 4970 Rockmart Hwy (Exxon gas station) [I] observed a white pickup truck parked at the gas pumps. As [I] am driving around, [I] saw two people sitting in the vehicle. [I] also saw that the driver had the seatbelt behind him. [I] saw the vehicle leaving the gas station, and the driver never fixed his seatbelt. [I] followed the vehicle, and [I] saw the right turning signal on. The vehicle turned into Donahoo Road. As the vehicle was turning, an item left the vehicle as if somebody was littering on the highway. [I] turned the blue lights and siren on to initiate a traffic stop. As [I] am exiting my patrol vehicle, the driver was making some odd movements.” The officer then made contact with the driver, identified as Mr. Bobby Joe Johnson, 48, Aragon. The officer then confirmed that his seatbelt was behind his and was not wearing it. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “As [I] am talking to the driver, the passenger (Jared Roy Buffington, 41, of Aragon) started to smoke a cigarette. This kind of action during a traffic stop, in my experience, is because a person is trying to conceal an odor and/or relax. [I] saw that his hand was unsteady. The driver then showed me that he was missing an arm and pretended to be the issue for not wearing the seatbelt. [I] then also informed them about the item that was littered on the roadway.” The officer then located the air can that was littered. As the officer was writing the warning for littering, 911 Dispatch advised him that Buffington had an active warrant. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “[I] know Mr. Buffington because [I] have arrested him before for trafficking meth and stolen property. [I] also know that in February, we received a call from a person living on Pleasant Valley Road indicating that Jarred Buffington was distributing drugs. Similar to the Look Out we had in 2020 before [I] arrested him. 911 Dispatch advised that Mr. Buffington had Probation Warrant. [I] then dealt with Mr. Buffington. As [I] am searching his person, [I] found a baggie with meth and a baggie with marijuana. Based on that, [I] had reason to believe that drugs were inside the vehicle. [I] searched the pickup and found several plastic baggies with crystal crocks (meth) an amount that appeared to be trafficking amount.” The officer also found two baggies inside a black bag, ammunition, and a glass pipe. Officers also located a large amount of cash on Buffington as well. Both men were transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth with intent to distribute, and trafficking methamphetamine. Johnson was also charged with a seat belt violation.