Man charged with trafficking heroin after traffic stop

COVINGTON - A Covington man is facing multiple drug and traffic charges, including trafficking in heroin, following a traffic stop on Feb. 3.

According to a report from the Covington Police Department, about 1:30 a.m. an officer observed a silver vehicle with a obscured temporary tag traveling east on Old Atlanta Highway toward Herring Street. Unable to check the tag, the officer initiated a traffic stop on Odum Street, where the driver turned into the driveway of a home.

The officer saw there was a male driver and female passenger in the vehicle and asked for their identification. The female provided a driver’s license, but the male allegedly said he did not have one. The driver said his uncle lived at the house where they had stopped. The officer reported the man appeared jittery and shaky while talking to him.

Other officers arrived to assist, and the driver was asked to exit the vehicle. He did so, but while walking toward the rear of the car, he allegedly took off running toward Herring Street. Officers gave chase and when the man refused to stop, he was Tasered and fell to the ground. He was searched and a clear plastic bag containing a dark powdery substance believed to be heroin was allegedly found in a pocket. He was handcuffed and placed into a patrol car.

The man, later identified as Jeremiah Alan Brown, 33, allegedly told the officers that anything found in the car belonged to him, and that the female passenger didn’t know about it.

A search of the vehicle allegedly found a grinder containing suspected marijuana, and several drug related items. A check of the vehicle tag found it did not match the vehicle. The female alleged that Brown had taken the tag off of another car because his vehicle would not pass an emissions test. A check of the VIN number found that the insurance on the car has also lapsed.

A check of Brown’s identity found he was wanted on two warrants in Rockdale County for aggravated assault and a warrant in Walton County for possession of burglary tools.

Officers checked with the occupants of the home where Brown had stopped and they said they did not know him.

Brown was transported to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center and charged with obstruction of officers, trafficking heroin, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, possession of drug related objects, improper tag, no insurance, driving on a suspended license, criminal trespass, and removal of a license plate.

The female was released at the scene.

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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 25 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.