Cedartown Police arrested a Rome man who fled from a traffic stop just after midnight on Tuesday morning, and took others who were in the vehicle into custody as well on multiple charges.
Davin Ja’Lon McConnell, 20, of 55 Hennon Drive, Rome, was taken into custody after he ran from a car during a traffic stop on East Jule Peek Drive around 12 a.m. on March 9. The car being driven by Kaziyia Foster, 20, of a Henderson, North Carolina address, was being pulled over by Cedartown Police for a headlight being out. It initially stopped on North Main at Hillside Drive, but rolled to a stop and tried to take off again on East Jule Peek Drive.
One officer got out to begin investigating the situation when McConnell jumped from the car and ran. The officer ultimately caught up to McConnell, who was found with suspected marijuana, 46 THC cartridges, containers of THC wax, suspected crack cocaine, a prescription bottle with no label containing pills later identified as oxycodone, an electronic scale, $4,965 in cash, and $7,150 in counterfeit bills.
Police also found a Glock 41 pistol chambered in .45 caliber was also found on McConnell.
When the other officer in the traffic stop stayed with the vehicle, police reported they learned that Foster was driving without any valid license and she was taken into custody as well.
Because of the odor of marijuana coming from the car, police searched the vehicle but found nothing in the process.
The cash, drugs and firearm were taken as evidence, and seizure paperwork was filed for the nearly $5,000 in cash found on McConnell “due to the suspected sales of illegal narcotics and that is the proceeds from the illegal sale.”
It is commonplace for police to seize the cash and use it to fund various operations within the department.
McConnell was ultimately charged with felonies for possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of tools for commission of a crime, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, sale of cocaine and a misdemeanor for obstruction of law enforcement officers.
He remained in jail with no bond set.
The Polk County Jail ultimately released Foster from jail on misdemeanor charges for headlight requirements and driving without a valid license. Her bond was $1,850.