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South Forsyth driver arrested with garbage bags of pot in SUV

DAWSONVILLE — A south Forsyth woman was arrested after a recent traffic stop in Dawson County during which authorities found several garbage bags filled with marijuana plants in her sport utility vehicle.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, 24-year-old Ashley Seibert of Mossy Creek Court has been charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana, speeding and a tire requirement violation.

Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the incident began as a traffic stop about 7 p.m. June 24 on Hwy. 9 near Dawson Forest Road in the southern part of the county.

Seibert was traveling south in a Jeep Liberty when Sheriff’s Cpl. Randy Mullis pulled her over for driving 68 mph in a 55 mph zone.

According to Wooten, a check of the vehicle turned up 10 bags containing a collection of grow items, including 32 plastic containers used to fertilize about 68 root systems of marijuana plants.

“Over an ounce of marijuana was still attached to the stems of the plants,” he said.

The estimated street value of the drugs and equipment was not immediately known.

Seibert was taken to the Dawson County Detention Center, where she was released three days later after posting $20,200 bond, according to jail records.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle called the incident a significant bust for the department and for Mullis.

"His training paid off that he knew what to look for to make this arrest," Carlisle said of Mullis. “He did a good job.”