By Jessie Williams
Two Macon County men were arrested Thursday, November 19, on multiple drug and weapon charges.
According to the report filed by arresting officer Mark Bartley of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, he was out on patrol when he observed a blue, Toyota truck crossing the white line and center line on Galen Road several times before turning off on Sadler Chapel Rd.
Officer Bartley proceeded to conduct a traffic stop at Gas Hollow Rd. and spoke with the driver, identified as 20-year-old Zeferino Reyes of Lafayette.
Mr. Reyes stated that he did not have identification with him. The officer ran his date of birth through dispatch and was informed his license was suspended.
Officer Bartley noticed a strong odor coming from the vehicle that he believed to be marijuana.
At that time, Mr. Reyes and his passenger, 32-year-old Guillermo Masedo Aulies of Red Boiling Springs, were asked to exit the truck, so a search could be conducted.
Deputy Dillion Gann responded to the scene to assist.
During the search, officers discovered a small bag containing approximately 1.87 grams of what appeared to be methamphetamine, scales and a large sum of cash between the passenger seat and console, along with a 22 caliber pistol inside the bag containing the cash.
A meth pipe was also discovered behind the back seat of the truck, along with a green, leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, in a chip bag and a second meth pipe inside an open bag of candy.
A backpack in the backseat of the vehicle also contained approximately 23.4 oz. of what is believed to be marijuana.
Both men denied that anything belonged to them.
A large sum of cash was found in Mr. Auiles' wallet. He was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and three counts of manufacturing of narcotics. His bond was set at $40,000.
Reyes was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, manufacturing of narcotics, possession of a firearm during a felony, manufacture, delivery or possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and weapon: prohibited. His bond was set at $45,000.
Both men are scheduled to appear in general sessions court on January 27, 2021.