Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that on April 26, 2014 about 1932 hours a traffic stop was conducted on Woodbury Highway, Greenville, Ga. on a blue in color Toyota Corolla in reference to a moving traffic violation. The vehicle had two occupants inside at the time of the stop. While Deputy John Starnes was conducting the traffic investigation in this incident, a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from within the vehicle once the driver’s side window was rolled down. The driver also could not produce a valid driver’s license upon lawful request. Further investigation into this matter revealed that the driver later identified as Nicholas Juan Elliott B/M, 26 yoa., had a suspended license. The front seat passenger later identified as Xavier Matez Elliott, B/M, 25 yoa., also provided false information during the encounter. During the course of the traffic investigation 14 individual plastic bags of marijuana, package for sale was located within the vehicle.
Sheriff Smith stated that this traffic investigation led to the arrest of both occupants of the vehicle. Nicholas Juan Elliott was charged with the offenses of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Driving while License Suspended, Giving False Information and/or False Name. Xavier Matez Elliott was charged with the offenses of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute and Giving False Information and/or False Name. Both subjects were transported to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Jail and charged as stated. Nicholas Juan Elliott is currently in the Meriwether County Jail for violation of probation charges from Coweta County, Ga.
“I appreciate the work that my patrol division is doing in the community. They are not only performing their normal day to day job task in answering calls for service, but are instrumental in helping curb the drugs that are being distributed in our neighborhoods. We have had several such incidents where our investigations into moving traffic violations have resulted in drug arrest. We are going to increase that effort and only get better as we move forward.” Sheriff Smith said.