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Stop leads to drug arrests
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Thomas Sineath - photo by Submitted

Three Cleveland residents face drug charges after authorities say they found more than five pounds of suspected marijuana during a traffic stop Thursday.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff's report, 25-year-old Thomas Michael Sineath was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of more than one ounce of the drug, both felonies.

Brittney Rochelle Morris, 19, and Toni Marie Payette, 17, were each charged with possessing more than one ounce of marijuana.

In addition, Morris was charged with a tag light violation and driving with the wrong type of license.

All three suspects have been released from the Forsyth County Detention Center after posting bond, $22,226 for Sineath, $12,320 for Morris and $11,110 for Payette, a jail spokeswoman said.

According to the report, the arrests came after deputies noticed a Dodge Neon driven by Morris had no license plate light.

The vehicle, in which Sineath and Payette were also traveling, was pulled over on Ga. 400 near Peachtree Parkway.

According to the report, deputies and a sheriff's dog smelled possible marijuana in the car. That led to a search, which turned up a backpack with six large plastic bags of suspected marijuana in the trunk.

Sheriff Ted Paxton said in a statement that “this proves once again that there is no such thing as a ‘routine’ traffic stop.”

“That’s why our deputies are trained to be prepared for anything to happen when they are doing their job,” he said.