By Jessie Williams
A 32-year-old Westmoreland man was arrested last week on a slew of drug and weapon charges following a traffic stop that led to the discovery of approximately 224 grams (8 ounces) of methamphetamine.
According to a report filed by the arresting officer, Logan Swindle, the deputy was on patrol August 9, 2021, when he noticed a gold Dodge car pulled off on the side of Sister Hollow Rd.
Pulling up to the vehicle, the officer made contact with Robert Irwin, who stated he was there looking for his girlfriend’s ring that he threw out of the window when they got into an argument.
After running Irwin’s information through dispatch, Deputy Swindle discovered he had a revoked drivers license.
The officer received consent to search Irwin’s vehicle and observed a glass smoking pipe in plain view.
Sergeant Kyle Petty arrived on the scene and assisted Swindle, attempting to detain Irwin while Swindle continued searching the vehicle.
The report states that Mr. Irwin began to evade law enforcement on foot, running from the scene. The officers, however, were able to catch Irwin and place him in custody without further incident.
Returning to the vehicle to finish the search, Deputy Swindle located a black bag behind the glove box off the vehicle. Inside the bag in a black container, was a plastic bag, containing approximately 8 ounces (224 grams) of a crystalized substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Also in the container was a small bag containing approximately 1.5 grams of a white substance that field tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl.
A set of digital scales, a loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun, brass knuckles and around $750 in cash, were also found during the search.
Irwin was charged with manufacture/delivery/possession of methamphetamine, manufacture of narcotics, evading arrest, possession of a firearm during a violent felony, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule II drug, driving on a revoked license, weapon: prohibited, and driving while in possession of methamphetamine.
His bond was set at $75,000, and he is scheduled to appear in general sessions court on October 27, 2021.
Macon County Drug K-9 Otto was also utilized during the incident and did positively alert officers to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons would like to thank all of the officers involved in this case and urges anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity in our community, to contact his office. Callers can remain anonymous.