NWGA Scanner | March 27th, 2021

Traffic stop in Whitfield County lands Rome man and Tunnel Hill woman in jail on meth trafficking charges

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on March 13th, 2021, at around, Deputy Thompson got behind a red Chevrolet S-10 traveling on the South Bypass. The Georgia plate came back to a grey Honda Civic. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the pickup truck as it pulled off the roadway just before Old Grade Road. When the vehicle pulled over, the male driver, later identified as Hubert Edward Wallace Jr, 40, of Rome, opened the door. Wallace began stating to the deputy that he was injured and was en route to the hospital. Wallace was told to stay in the vehicle as the deputy explained the reason for the stop. When speaking to Wallace and a female passenger identified as Jordan Nichole Ralston, 28, Tunnel Hill, a backup unit was requested due to the behavior of both occupants. Ralston appeared to be under the influence, and Wallace was moving all around the inside of the truck. While the deputy asked him questions, Wallace kept taking his foot off the brake and the truck moving slightly forward. The deputy then noticed a large amount of what appeared to be meth all in the floorboard under the driver’s feet. Wallace was quickly detained in handcuffs and brought to the rear of the truck. The on-call drug investigator was called to assist with the traffic stop. While searching the truck, a grey sunglass case was located in the passenger-side floorboard. Inside the case were a syringe and a set of digital scales with white residue on them. Located in Ralston’s purse was a small silver .25 caliber pistol. Also located inside the truck was a plastic baggie in the driver floorboard that was torn with a large amount of meth. Meth was also located scattered in the driver’s seat, as well in the center console and on the floor around the gear shifter. Both Ralston and the driver Wallace returned suspended. Wallace also showed an active probation violation through Murray County for dangerous drugs. Both Ralston and Wallace were placed under arrest and transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Wallace was charged with driving while suspended for using a plate to conceal or misrepresent, trafficking meth, possession of meth, possession, and use of drug-related objects, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime. Ralston was also charged with trafficking meth, possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of a felony, and possession of meth.