Cops: K-9 Detects Drugs During Acworth Traffic Stop
Two men are being held in the Acworth City Jail on various charges.
Two men who were pulled over in Acworth are in the City Jail after a K-9 dog detected various drugs inside the vehicle.
Michael Gerald Shatus of Hiram faces five charges, including marijuana possession, intent to distribute and three violations of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.
Nicholas Leopold Brown of Acworth faces one felony violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.
According to criminal warrants, an officer stopped the car on Baker Road just before 4 p.m. Saturday because of a defective taillight lense, a cracked windshield and the tint of the windows.
When the officer asked to search the vehicle, Shatus and Brown declined, according to the warrants. An Acworth K-9 officer responded to the scene, and the K-9 dog performed an "open air search" around the vehicle. The search detected the presence of drugs inside the vehicle.
According to the warrants, authorities found two Alprazolam pills in a small, clear plastic bag in the backseat floor board; four Oxycodone pills and one Buprenorphine Hydrochloride pill under the center console; a small marijuana joint inside the handle of a large hunting knife between the driver's seat the driver's side door; and several clear plastic bags with the words "EZY DOSE PILL POUCH" on them.
One of the empty bags was located in Shatus' front left side pocket, records show. Two more empty bags were located near the front console. All three bags were filled with Alprazolam, Oxycodone and Burpenorphine Hydrochloride.
Both men were arrested and booked at the Acworth City Jail. Shatus remains there in lieu of $20,000 bond. Bond has not been set for Brown, according to jail records.