GPD traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest

Illya Omarc Hightower

Booking photo courtesy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

STAFF REPORT :::

A Griffin man is in custody facing numerous narcotics related charges after a traffic stop conducted by the Griffin Police Department CAGE Unit.

According to a press release issued by the GPD, an agent of the Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit on Monday initiated a traffic stop, resulting in a man fleeing on foot.

Agents soon apprehended Illya Omarc Hightower.

A search of the vehicle allegedly resulted in the location of powder cocaine and pills identified as Percocet that officials say were packaged for distribution.

A search warrant for Hightower’s 218 Melrose Avenue residence was obtained.

Authorities say the search resulted in the seizure of additional Percocet pills, 11 grams of marijuana and 9.7 grams of crack cocaine.

Hightower has been charged with possession of a Schedule II narcotic, possession of a Schedule II narcotic with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

“Our efforts to find and prosecute those that sell illegal narcotics in our community will not stop, and we will continue to pursue the drug dealers vigorously,” said Chief Mike Yates.

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