Two Spring Street residents face cocaine possession charges after Commerce police allegedly found plastic bags of the substance in each man’s pants pocket following a traffic stop last week on Williford Street at South Elm.
Jermaine Lee Burnes, 37, and Richard Dee Burnes, 44, both of 164 Spring Street, were passengers in a vehicle pulled over because of an expired tag, according to the arrest report.
Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer immediately noticed a number of open 12-ounce containers of beer and the smell of alcohol.
Patting down Richard Burnes for weapons, the officer said he found a baggie containing what appeared to be cocaine in Burnes’ watch pocket. A similar search of Jermaine Burnes also turned up a small bag of the substance, the report said — also in his watch pocket.
The driver of the car, identified as Casey Rashard Burnes, was cited for violation of the open container law and following too closely, and was released, but the other two men were charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and taken to the Jackson County Jail.
For all of the arrests reported during the past week by the Commerce Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, see the April 24 print edition of The Commerce News.