NWGA Scanner | August 16th, 2021

Wanted felons found in possession of stolen gun at night club in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on August 1st, 2021, around 12:00 AM, Lt. Hovers was assisting 2nd and 3rd shift patrol officers in working the area of GA 1 at Hennon Drive because of heavy traffic. Lt. Hovers reported, “Upon arrival [I] observed a large number of vehicles parked in the parking lot of the night club located at the corner of GA 1 and Hennon Dr and extending from the parking lot to the other side of Hennon (onto someone else property), side of the highway and across the highway (on the property of a construction company. The vehicles that were parked on the side of the highway that may have been a traffic hazard were requested to move.” Lt. Hovers and DTF Sgt Taylor located a wanted subject identified as Meco Rashad Watkins, 32, of Rome, sitting in the back passenger side seat of a white KIA. Lt. Hovers reported, “Upon contact, he was asked his name and asked to exit the vehicle. During this, [I] could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Meco stated that he had little weed in his underwear.” All occupants were asked to exit the vehicle as well. Lt. Hovers explained to the front passenger, who was later identified as Jason Kirk Johnson, 36, of Rome, the reason they were being removed from the vehicle. According to the report, when asked his name, Jason seemed very nervous by appearing to have a hard time remembering his social security number. When Jason was checked by dispatch, officers were advised he also had an active warrant. He was then placed in cuffs and handed off to another officer who escorted him to Sgt Wade’s patrol vehicle. Lt. Hovers reported, “At this time [I] conducted a search of the vehicle (due to the smell of marijuana) and located commercially packaged bags containing marijuana (schedule I) laying in the seat where Meco was sitting. Also, a pistol was found (Barsa 9MM) in the backside of the front passenger seat (Seat pocket). The search further revealed another firearm (Springfield XD 45) located in the center console of the vehicle.” It was later determined that the gun found in the center console belonged to Jason Johnson. According to the report, Jason stated that he had found the gun somewhere on Moran Lake Road and kept it. Officers then found marijuana on both Meco and Jason. The Springfield 45 came back as a stolen firearm. Both Meco and Jason were arrested and transported to the Floyd County Jail. Meco was charged with felony probation violation (when probation terms are altered) x2, possession of a schedule I drug, possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Jason was charged with felony probation violation (when probation terms are altered) x2, possession of a schedule I drug, possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a stolen firearm.