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April 7, 2010

Drug bust on I-75

Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office makes drug arrest following traffic stop

VALDOSTA — A traffic stop led deputies to arrest two out-of-state residents and to seize a number of controlled substances Wednesday.

At 4:15 a.m., a Lowndes County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a gray Chevrolet Traverse for erratic driving on Interstate 75 North near mile marker 30, according to reports.

Lowndes County’s Lt. Stryde Jones said the driver of the vehicle, Eric Templeton, 30, was found to have a suspended driver’s license from Kentucky and was taken into custody. 

A search of the vehicle was conducted, and a plastic bag containing approximately 200 tablets of prescription medication was found, Jones said. The tablets included Oxycodone and Zanax and were of varying strengths.

Jones added that the tablets were not in a prescription container as required by law for any controlled medication.

Upon searching the passenger, Robert Meadows, 33, the deputy found eight Oxycodone pills in his pocket, reports stated.  

“Templeton and Meadows were unable to provide any documentation that the medication was legitimately prescribed,” Jones reported.

Both Templeton and Meadows were charged with possession with the intent to distribute and transported to the Lowndes County Jail, according to reports.

Bond was set for both, but, as of press time, both suspects remained in the county jail.

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