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Martinsville man charged with trafficking meth from Georgia
Accused of transporting $450K worth from Atlanta
Travis White is being held on a $250,000 bond in Banks County, Ga., accused of trafficking nearly 10 pounds of methamphetamine from Atlanta.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
A Martinsville man was jailed after authorities in Georgia allegedly found nearly 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in a vehicle he was driving.
Travis Anthony White, 32, 2260 North Fork Road, Martinsville, is being held on a $250,000 bond, according to Banks County (Ga.) Sheriff Charles Chapman.
Authorities there allege White was bringing 9.41 pounds of crystal methamphetamine from Atlanta to Henry County, Chapman said.
Chapman estimated the street value at between $450,000 and $500,000.
White initially was held without bond on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, Chapman said.
Bond was set when White appeared in Superior Court recently, the sheriff said. He added that White remains jailed.
Family members have been to Georgia to visit White, who is being held in connection with an incident that began to unfold shortly after midnight Sept. 13, Chapman said.
That day, Bath County authorities were summoned to a call at a “Quick Trip Station,” Chapman said of the gas/convenience store in Homer, Ga., a community in Banks County.
“The call came in as an accident, but it wasn’t,” Chapman said deputies determined after arriving at the scene.
“When deputies arrived at the scene, they located the vehicle and found the driver was out of the vehicle and looking under the driver’s side of the automobile,” Chapman said.
Deputies asked the man “what kind of problem he had,” and the man “said he had car trouble,” Chapman said.
Authorities also noticed the man “was acting very nervous,” Chapman said. The man “dropped his car keys two or three times and was very hyper.”
Deputies again asked if anything was wrong or if there was anything illegal, the sheriff said.
The man alleged “there was nothing illegal on him and pulled his pants pockets” inside out to show the contents to authorities, Chapman said.
Loose pills were among the items that came out of the man’s pants pockets, the sheriff said.
“The pills were not in any kind of a” container, Chapman said. The man continued to maintain that he was not engaged in any kind of illegal activity nor was he carrying any type of illegal substance.
However, based on the deputies’ observations and the man’s behavior, he was arrested, Chapman said.
Deputies then conducted an inventory search of the vehicle and allegedly found 9.41 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, Chapman said.
That “is a lot. In Georgia, you only have to have one ounce to be charged with trafficking, and he (allegedly) had 9.41 pounds,” Chapman said.
Chapman said authorities there believe the drugs were bound for Henry County from Atlanta.
“We believe that he had been to Atlanta. We’re pretty sure he was coming from that area” based on information obtained since the arrest, Chapman said. He noted that Banks County is between 70 and 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.