A trio of suspects remain in custody on gun and drug charges after police found items inside of the truck they were traveling in during a traffic stop on South Main Street in Cedartown in the early morning hours on Monday, according to Polk County Police reports.
Police arrested Jeffrey David Page, 28, of 308 S. Lewis St., Cedartown; Justin Ray Poche, 28, of 132 Tripp Road, Cedartown; and Kammie Marie Johnson, 28, of 427 East Point Road, Cedartown, following a traffic stop made at South Main Street and Luckie Street on Monday morning just before 2 a.m. when the truck the trio were traveling in made an improper lane change after spotting the truck had a broken brake light.
The reporting officer was immediately suspicious of the trio when they were seen leaning down in the truck before police made contact with the trio. They found Poche in the driver’s seat, Johnson in the middle and Page in the passenger seat.
When officers began questioning Poche and Page, they found inconsistent stories from the pair. Poche said they were going to Page’s residence, and the Page said they were going to Poche’s house.
Police asked to search the vehicle, but were denied consent so officers instead called out K-9 Officer Joep to the scene to sniff around the vehicle. The other two were taken out of the truck cab, and when they were getting out one officer reported finding a rifle.
Officers – who were aware of Page’s status as a convicted felon from previous arrests – reported that they found two 5.56 mm cartridges in his pockets during a search of his person when he was taken into custody. Johnson told officers at this point the rifle was hers, and then the K-9 Joep arrived and was allowed the chance to sniff around the vehicle and alerted to possible narcotics in the cab.
When police then undertook a search of their own once Poche admitted that marijuana was in the car, they found a .22 caliber revolver, two glass pipes, a broken pill suspected to be Clonazepam, less than an ounce of marijuana, and suspected methamphetamine. After being further questioned about what was found in the truck cab, Poche admitted the pipes were used to smoke methamphetamine.
Poche and Johnson were also taken into custody, and a female officer was called out to the scene to search Johnson’s person. She reported finding an additional container on Johnson which contained suspected heroin.
Police carried all three to the Polk County Jail for booking on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. The trio were all charged with felonies for two counts of possession of firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanors for two counts of possession of tools during commission of a crime.
Page additionally faces charges of felony possession of firearm by a convicted felon, and is being held as of this post on a $15,000 bond.
Poche also faced misdemeanor traffic charges for no operating brake lights/signals and improper lane change/usage. As of this posting, he was being held on a $9,100 bond.
Johnson remained at the Polk County Jail on a $21,000 bond for possession of felony Schedule I Controlled Substance and Schedule IV Controlled Substance charges as well.