Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

October 3, 2010

Echols traffic stop leads to meth arrest

VALDOSTA — A Lowndes County resident was arrested in Echols County Friday evening after a traffic stop revealed a methamphetamine lab in another person’s vehicle.

At 8:55 p.m., while Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson was on patrol, he was behind a green Ford F150 pickup that was weaving in front of him, he said, at the Antioch Church and J. Frank Culpepper Road intersection on Ga. 376.

Courson conducted a traffic stop and, after speaking with the driver, checking his information and sobriety, he returned to his vehicle to run the information through dispatch, he said.

At that time, passenger Leonard Bruce Cater, 37, began walking toward Courson appearing to have something in his hand, Courson said. When asked what Cater was holding, he told Courson that he had a pill vial with marijuana inside, Courson said.

Cater was taken into custody and Courson called for backup. Once backup arrived, Courson approached the driver, who said he was giving the passenger a ride to a residence and that he really did not know Cater, Courson said.

Courson said he then asked for consent to search his vehicle and was granted permission.

At that time, an Echols County Deputy located in the back of the truck a soft pack insulated cooler that contained a complete methamphetamine lab with all the ingredients for the methamphetamine lab, Courson said.

Both the driver and Courson were taken into custody and the car was towed. After arriving at the station, Cater admitted the methamphetamine lab was his and that the driver did not know anything about it, Courson said. The driver was released and Cater was arrested.

The South Georgia Drug Task Force was also contacted and responded to the scene of the crime to process the scene, Courson said, and assisted with the arrest and interviews.

Cater is being charged with a felony of manufacturing methamphetamines, a felony for possession of tools for the commission of a crime and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana, said Courson.

It was also discovered the Cater has a probation violation warrant out for meth charges he received in Echols County last year, Courson said.

Text Only
Local News
  • 140422-Dan_Keplinger003.jpg The Art of Determination

    Artist Dan Keplinger invests passion into his frenetic pieces. His line work teems with energy. An unexpected trait in the often technically precise medium of printmaking.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • 140422-RibbonCutting.jpg Learning center named in Horne’s honor

    Noting his lengthy legacy in educating the region's young people, Valdosta City Schools officially renamed the Pinevale Learning Center Tuesday in honor of the late Maceo A. Horne Jr.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rose: Dismiss ‘Quitman 11’ case

    Following the second mistrial in the case of a Brooks County woman accused of voter fraud, a local civil rights leader has called for the issue to be dismissed, but prosecutors plan to seek prosecution for a third time.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

    A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

    April 23, 2014

  • Commission denies City’s annexation request

    Lowndes County received an annexation request from the City of Hahira for five parcels of land that spanned approximately 66 acres, for the purpose of future development, and because the applicant sought city water and sewer.

    April 23, 2014

  • Confederate Memorial Day observed this weekend

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Valdosta Chapter 471, will observe Confederate Memorial Day, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

    April 23, 2014

  • connell book review.jpg Literary Guild hears Fannie Flagg’s latest

    “Reading for fun is great, but learning while reading is super,” Sandra Connell told the Literary Guild at the April meeting.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Performance index tops Lowndes school board meeting

    Lowndes County Board of Education celebrated the results of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index scores during its regular session Monday night.

    April 23, 2014

  • N1401P14008C.TIF Sheriff hosts Prescription Take-Back Day

    The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office will collect unused medications this Saturday as a part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140421 - flooding Shiloh Rd B#1.jpg Road re-opens following flooding

    Lowndes County officials re-opened one road Monday while keeping an eye on the area’s waterways for potential flooding.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results