Rockmart Police took two men into custody in an early morning hours traffic stop over the weekend when drugs and a firearm were found in the vehicle, according to Rockmart Police reports.
An officer driving westbound on Goodyear Avenue early Saturday morning, September 18, reported that he pulled over Jeffery Jamar Davis, 36, of 544 Hogue Ave., Rockmart, and Dontavius Demond Darden, 34, of 427 Springdale Road, Rockmart, when he spotted Davis driving a Dodge Avenger and pulled him over based on previous experience with Davis, and that he “knew him to have active warrants through Bartow County for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless conduct.”
When the officer got to the car, he reported smelling marijuana and asked both men to step out of the vehicle after other officers had arrived on the scene.
Both men were kept at the front of the patrol car while police performed a probable cause search and Davis was taken into custody for the warrant status to be checked, along with Darden who had no active warrants for his arrest. It turned out later during the incident that warrants through Bartow County for Davis weren’t requiring a hold at the time.
However, police did a thorough search of the vehicle and found evidence of drugs within the vehicle. That included suspected methamphetamine residue on several items, marijuana residue, a small amount of marijuana, and within a backpack in the back seat found a 9mm Hi-Point pistol with the words “Toss Boss” etched into the side. The handgun was not reported stolen when checked by the reporting officer at the scene.
That backpack also yielded a white cigarillo pack containing meth, and a digital scale.
Police also searched the pair and Darden was found to also have suspected meth in his pocket when searched, along with a cell phone, cigarettes and $53 in cash. Two other phones and a wallet were found on Davis.
After taking both into custody, police went back to the vehicle and found the trunk contained speaker boxes and a cordless drill, with one of the speaker boxes looking as if it had been freshly tampered with at the time.
Police reported to both men they would be seeking search warrants on their phones and the car as a whole, and it and other evidence was taken to the Rockmart Police Department for further inspection. Police were able to get both to cooperate and give over their passwords for their phones before being taken to the Polk County Jail.
Davis and Darden both remained at the Polk County Jail without bond set as of this posting.
They are both being held on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth with intent, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or first offender, possession of firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, and misdemeanors for possession and use of drug-related objects and possession of marijuana.