Ellijay police charge man with drug felony
Ellijay police officers arrested a Gilmer County man for drug possession and not making child support payments, and issued a warning to the driver of the vehicle he was traveling in last Friday, according to a news release.
Aaron Dean, 31, of 161 Ellington Road, was charged March 3 with possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, a felony, and violation of child support obligations.
Officer Trevor McClure was patrolling the city around 8 p.m. when he noticed a Ford F-350 with nonfunctional tag and brake lights. McClure ran the vehicle’s registration number through the Georgia Crime Information Center and found Dean was listed as having an arrest warrant through Gilmer County for nonpayment of child support, as well as having a suspended driver’s license.
McClure stopped the vehicle on on South Main Street in the location of River Park. Jaime Hancock was driving the vehicle owned by Dean. Following a brief investigation, and based upon the presence of an open container of alcoholic beverage, McClure felt he had cause to believe additional intoxicating substances might be present.
McClure searched the vehicle with the assistance of EPD Officer Mike Ware and Gilmer Sheriff’s Cpl. Andy Page. They found approximately four ounces of marijuana, as well as what is believed to be hashish oil. Officers charged Dean as the owner of the contraband.
Hancock was not charged but was released with warnings for driving a vehicle without properly functioning equipment.