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Traffic stop in north Forsyth yields meth, marijuana
Driver pulled over after speeding
Stephen Lee Pirkle
Stephen Lee Pirkle.

Four people were recently arrested for various drug-related offenses after a traffic stop in north Forsyth yielded several bags of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Stephen Lee Pirkle, 32, of Dawson County, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug related objects, possession of marijuana, speeding and driving while license suspended or revoked in connection with a July 22 traffic stop, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Jeremy Ray Smith, 30, of Atlanta, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects.

Diamond “Troy” Hardy, 52, of Dawson County, was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Tamara Forehand, 32, of Dawson County was charged with possession of marijuana.

Deputies found the drugs after stopping Pirkle for going 77 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on Browns Bridge Road shortly after 9 p.m. on July 22, the report said.

“I noticed the front passenger had sores all over his arms. I know from my training, knowledge and experience that these sores were from drug use. In slang terms, these are referred to as ‘meth bugs,’” the deputy wrote in the report.

While searching the car, deputies found several bags of methamphetamine, marijuana, a scale and at least two glass meth pipes, the report said.

One of the pipes was located by Smith’s seat after he allegedly told deputies he did not have any drugs in his possession and that he was “converting his life with Christianity.”

As of Friday, all four suspects remained in the Forsyth County Jail.

Smith is being held on a $12,285 bond, Hardy on a $11,130 bond and Forehand on $1,175 bond.

Pirkle is being held without bond.