NWGA Scanner | September 13th, 2021

Trion man found in possession of meth during checkpoint in Chattooga County

According to Chattooga County Sheriff’s incident report, on September 5th, 2021, at around 12:37 AM, Corporal Corey Fielding, Deputy Alan Garmany and Deputy Chris Clark were conducting a license and safety checkpoint when a Nissan Altima driven by Richard Dwight Bass, 41, of Trion pulled up. While speaking with Bass, “Deputy Clark advised the driver that he could smell marijuana emitting from the vehicle. [Corporal Fielding] approached the vehicle and did detect a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle,” according to the incident report. Deputies found “a black in color box with magnets attached directly below the radio. Upon examining the contents of the box, [deputies] did locate a glass smoking device commonly used for the consumption of methamphetamine, which did contain a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine. [Corporal Fielding] also found a clear container, which contained a brown wax substance suspected to be THC wax and a black bag, which contained a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine,” according to reports. Bass was placed into custody and later admitted “under his own free will that the wax substance was indeed THC wax,” according to reports. Bass was arrested and booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects and possession of THC wax.