Forsyth County Blotter: Meth, marijuana, and aggravated assault arrests

John Thompson

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(Forsyth County, GA) Here’s a look at recently released arrest reports from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office:

Methamphetamine arrest

On November 2, a deputy was traveling south on Keith Bridge Road and observed a vehicle with inoperable tag lights. As a result, the officer initiated a traffic stop at Keith Bridge Road and Martin Road.

“I approached the vehicle from the driver's side and made contact with the driver, later identified as Phi Phan. I advised Phi the reason for the traffic stop was due to the inoperable tag lights, and I asked him for his driver's license. Phi apologized and stated he did not know his tag lights were out, and I observed as his hands were shaking while looking through his wallet for his license. Once Phi handed me his driver's license I asked him to move his vehicle into the parking lot of Auto Craze Car Wash,” the deputy wrote.

The officer noticed the smell of marijuana and called for backup.

When backup arrived, the officer asked Phan to exit the vehicle. Phan admitted he had a marijuana grinder in the car.

“Phi's movements were slow as I observed he looked past his vehicle as he removed his seat belt. Once out of the vehicle, I asked Phi to remain with the other officer in front of my patrol vehicle, and I confirmed with him that all he had in his vehicle was the grinder. I conducted a search of the vehicle, and in the coin slot located to the left of the steering wheel, I located two small plastic bags containing a crystal-like substance I identified as methamphetamine,” wrote the officer. Phan was arrested for possessing methamphetamine, drug-related objects, marijuana less than an ounce, and a tag lights violation.

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Drug arrest

On October 31, an officer was driving on State Barn Road and observed a silver Chevy Impala failing to maintain its lane several times. As a result, the officer conducted a traffic stop and told the driver, Valerie Armstrong, 49, of Commerce, why he performed the stop.

“She told me the reason for her failure to maintain lane was because she was reaching in her purse. I could smell the odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle while I spoke with Armstrong. I asked Armstrong out of the vehicle at this point and to come to the front of my patrol car. I asked Armstrong if there was any marijuana inside the car, and she told me no,” the officer wrote.

Armstrong said someone was smoking it at the residence she just came from, so the odor might be on her clothing.

“I began my search of the vehicle at this point. I located in Armstrong's purse a clear container with rolled suspected marijuana, a vape cartridge that had a thick dark substance inside that is consistent with THC oil in my experience, and a rainbow-colored candy that was in an unusual bag that had an off-color to it. I believed the candy might have some THC infused in it due to finding it with other cannabis items and the fact that this is common with edibles,” the officer wrote.

Armstrong was arrested for possession of Schedule 1 drugs, possession of marijuana under one ounce, and failure to maintain a lane.

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Stalking, aggravated assault

On October 31, an officer was dispatched to 3995 Raeburn Road about a stalking call. While en route, the victim, Lisa Newland, stated to the 911 operator that a male subject kicked in her front door and was inside her house.

“Once on scene, I made contact with the male, identified as Jeffrey Mattson, 53, of Canton. After the investigation, Mattson was arrested for the following; two counts of criminal damage to property, strong-armed robbery, aggravated assault, interference with the 911 call, burglary and stalking,” the officer wrote.

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