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Burnt-out tag light leads to drug charges for woman in Georgia

There are numerous circumstances that can lead a law enforcement agent in Georgia or elsewhere to initiate a traffic stop. While commonly associated with speeding or reckless driving, these can also occur due to a burnt-out or busted headlight. While the latter may only lead to a verbal warning and request to fix the issue, if authorities become suspicious of criminal activity, an individual could soon be facing drug charges.

A 50-year-old woman has recently been arrested under similar circumstances after the vehicle she was in was stopped in relation to a burnt-out tag light. Upon obtaining her identification, the officer claims to have noticed that she was the subject of an active warrant. After obtaining consent to search the vehicle from the driver, authorities allegedly uncovered the presence of methamphetamine and ecstasy, along with multiple syringes.

2 facing drug charges after falling asleep in car in Georgia

Many individuals have pulled over to rest after becoming too drowsy or tired to continue driving. While this might simply be an act of safety, unfortunately in some cases, it may also be viewed as suspicious activity. Two individuals have been arrested and are currently facing drug charges after they were recently found sleeping in a car in Georgia.

Authorities claim that a concerned individual recently approached an officer in a parking lot with a report of two individuals who were apparently passed out in a nearby vehicle. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer apparently knocked on the window and asked for identification. A woman provided her driver's license, but a man inside the vehicle advised the officer that he didn't have any identification on him, and instead gave him a name and date of birth.

1 facing felony criminal charges after allegedly faking documents

There are many circumstances in which an individual could be accused of a crime. Facing criminal accusations can be a stressful and intimidating process, and a conviction can affect a person's life in various ways, personal and professional alike. A Georgia man is facing felony criminal charges after allegedly assisting numerous individuals in faking community service.

According to reports, a city employee allegedly falsified community service documents in order to assist multiple individuals in regaining their driving privileges. Authorities claim to have found evidence of these acts on a phone belonging to one of the individuals. They assert that a message on the phone allegedly informed another person that the man in question could assist with community service for either money or favors.

Investigation leads to drug charges against former police officer

When authorities investigate an individual or individuals for drug-related activity, any evidence that is uncovered could also lead to criminal charges for others as well. Whether due to surveillance footage or simply the words of another, many individuals have found themselves facing drug charges under similar circumstances. A police officer in Georgia was recently arrested and accused of drug crimes with regard to an investigation into an alleged methamphetamine dealer.

The arrest reportedly came after authorities claim to have uncovered evidence suggesting the officer purchased illegal narcotics from the individual under investigation while on duty. According to authorities, while performing a search of the alleged dealer's residence, police uncovered evidence of communication between the dealer and the officer on his cell phone. Just a few days after arresting the man, authorities also took the officer into custody for suspicion of drug activity.

Surveillance footage leads to arrest for alleged armed robbery

Those accused of a crime may find it beneficial to remember that they will remain innocent until -- and only if -- proven guilty in court. However, prosecutors often attempt to submit various types of evidence against an accused individual during court proceedings, such as surveillance footage of the alleged incident. A 26-year-old man is currently facing accusations of armed robbery after a camera allegedly caught him in the act at a local convenience store in Georgia.

Authorities assert that a local convenience store was recently robbed by an individual who was in possession of a firearm. This person allegedly forced the cashier to open the drawer and stole an unspecified amount of cash, along with cigarettes and beer. According to reports, several other robberies have been committed recently at similar places of business, and police claim the individual in question may be responsible for those as well.

Signs of a break-in lead to drug possession charges in Georgia

Simply being accused of a drug-related crime can do a great deal of harm to a person's reputation, both personally and professionally. If convicted, the consequences are much more severe, and can include a permanent criminal record and time behind bars. A woman in Georgia is facing drug possession charges after a recent search of her office at work.

A police officer claims to have recently noticed signs of a break-in at the office of a local insurance agent. Following an initial investigation, which reportedly included a call to the company's fraud division, a search warrant was obtained for both the woman's office and place of residence. During the search of her home, authorities allegedly seized various amounts of cocaine and marijuana.

Police officer in Georgia arrested for domestic violence charges

Arguments among family members can be serious and at times can grow out of control. Although many of these disputes are simply shouting matches, in some cases they might take a turn for the worse. Police are often called out to investigate claims of domestic violence for the safety of everyone involved. A police officer in Georgia was recently arrested under similar circumstances after he allegedly assaulted his wife.

Authorities responded to reports of a domestic abuse just after 10 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. Upon arrival, they claim to have found the wife with torn clothes and visible signs of injury. The woman asserted that her husband had assaulted her and forced her to remain against her will. She says she was eventually able to flee to a nearby home and call police.

1 in Georgia facing criminal charges after allegations of robbery

The potential consequences for criminal charges generally depend on the severity of the alleged crime. Those involving violent acts, such as armed robbery, are serious in nature and can have a significant impact on an accused individual should a conviction be obtained. A man in Georgia is currently facing similar charges after allegedly robbing a Goodwill store.

Just after 3 p.m. police claimed to have received a call about a suspicious individual who had recently entered a store and approached a cashier. Reportedly, the man waited until the drawer was open and allegedly sprayed the cashier in the face and stole the contents of the drawer. Authorities assert that they were in the process of surrounding the building at the time and took the man into custody shortly after the alleged incident.

Search of barber shop in Georgia leads to drug charges for 3

Barber shops in Georgia and across the country serve a multitude of individuals on a daily basis. These shops often have regulars who are around nearly all the time. When one or more of these individuals is suspected of a crime, the entire facility may soon be under investigation. A recent search of a local barber shop led to the arrest of three men who are now facing multiple drug charges.

After allegedly receiving information indicating there were drugs and guns at the shop, authorities launched an investigation into the matter. They claim to have used this information to secure a search warrant and several warrants for arrest and proceeded to enter the barber shop. The agents allegedly uncovered various types of narcotics during the process, along with a firearm and some ammunition.

Georgia woman accused of theft of high school drama club funds

High schools across the country often have various clubs that are supported via fundraisers and donations. Without this extra funding, some of these programs may be unable to continue operations. When an adult within the program is accused of taking some of this funding for personal use, he or she could be facing severe penalties. A woman has recently been accused of the theft of thousands of dollars from a drama club in Georgia.

Police claim to have received information indicating that a portion of funding for a high school drama club had gone missing. Upon reviewing the records, officials within the school board apparently became suspicious of improper use, or even theft, of funding. During the investigation, authorities claim to have uncovered several withdrawals from the account by a local woman, dating back as far as 2015.