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DNR: Meth, guns, $4K found on Lake Lanier pontoon boat

GAINESVILLE — Two Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers came across three people about 3 a.m. Wednesday in a pontoon boat on Lake Lanier, leading to drug and firearm charges.

After checking a fishing boat, the rangers encountered the pontoon boat.

“While the rangers were talking to the men about possible illegal activities, one of them threw a bag into the water,” according to DNR’s Facebook page.

DNR public information officer Mark McKinnon said the bag was a backpack that had a quantity of methamphetamine inside. McKinnon said he was unaware of the amount of drugs found.

The Hall County Dive Team recovered the bag quickly, and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office came to assist the rangers.

About $4,000 dollars was found on the boat.

Cohen Landau Motes, 36, David Poole, 48, and David Brian Chandler, 54, were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects.

Motes was also charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, theft by receiving a stolen firearm, tampering with evidence, littering and operating a vessel without navigation lights.

Poole was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.