Larry Stanford Editor
September 15, 2013
An Upson County Sheriff’s sergeant responding to a call on September 7 about a loud party ended up arresting two men on charges of possession of marijuana and cocaine.
According to a report by Sergeant Neill Sanders, he responded about 10 p.m. to the area of 696 Thompson Road on a call of a disturbance being caused by a loud party. The complainant told Sanders that the residents at that location had loud parties with loud music and guns firing. Sanders wrote that as he was talking to the complainant, he could hear “extremely loud music, yelling, and loud talking coming from 696 Thompson Road, more than 100 yards away.”
Sanders went to talk to the residents and reported that as he entered the long driveway, there were several vehicles parked along both side. As he passed a red 1998 Ford Ranger parked on the left side of the driveway, he saw two white males sitting inside.
“I observed the while male on the passenger side holding what appeared to be a cigar with both hands about shoulder height,” Sanders wrote in his report. “I also observed the while male on the driver side holding what appeared to be a cigar at about chest level. The driver appeared to be twisting or rolling the cigar.”
Sanders stopped and got out, approaching the passenger side of the truck. He saw what appeared to be a small pile of cigar tobacco on the ground beside the passenger door. The windows were rolled up, but were not tinted, and he said he could see on the passenger’s lap a brown cigar wrapper, the packaging it came in, and a cell phone.
Sanders said the passenger stuck his left hand between the seat and console. He ordered him to show his hands and step out of the vehicle. The passenger complied and opened the door. Sanders stated as the door opened he immediately smelled an extremely strong odor of marijuana and saw several small green, leafy flakes on the screen of the cell phone. He asked the passenger to step out and he searched him, but found no drugs on him.
Turning to the driver, Sanders said the driver had dropped what he had been holding. When asked, the driver said there was no marijuana in the truck. Both men provided their identification when asked. The driver was identified as Andrew Bruce, 20, and the passenger as Taylor Huckaby, 17, both from Thomaston.
Sanders said he asked Bruce a second time about marijuana in the truck, and this time Bruce allegedly said there was and reached down and picked up the brown cigar wrapper from the floorboard. It was not rolled up and Sanders identified the green leafy substance in it as marijuana.
Sanders arrested and handcuffed Huckaby and seated him on the tailgate of the truck. He then had Bruce exit the truck and he arrested, handcuffed and searched him before having him also sit on the tailgate of the truck. Bruce said the truck was his, but in his father’s name, and that there was nothing else in the truck.
Deputies Justin Hammock, Gerren Vining and Tonica Rutledge arrived to assist. Sanders send them to the house to talk to the residents about the loud music and noise disturbance, while he began collecting evidence from the truck, including the brown cigar wrapper filled with marijuana, along with some loose marijuana on the floorboards.
The other officers returned and Hammock assisted Sanders in searching the truck. Hammock discovered between the passenger seat and the console a clear plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.
Bruce and Huckaby were placed in the back of Sanders’ patrol car. Sanders called Bruce’s father to come get the truck. Bruce and Huckaby were taken to the Upson County Jail. Bruce was charged with possession of marijuana, and Huckaby was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.