According to Sgt. Matt Bales of the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force, “John Doe, aka Ahmad Becoate,” was charged after an investigation was launched.
Becoate, 34, was reportedly traveling north on Interstate 75, allegedly following too close at a high rate of speed.
Becoate presented an Ohio driver’s license and stated the vehicle was a rental.
Bales asked Becoate what his passenger’s name was and he reportedly stated, “Michael,” and the two were heading north to Ohio from Georgia.
Bales approached the passenger, who produced an ID not consistent with what Becoate had allegedly told him. Bales noted in his report that Becoate appeared “very nervous.”
Becoate denied the agent consent to search the vehicle.
After deploying his K-9 partner, Bales got a positive alert on the car for alleged narcotics.
After a search of the trunk of the vehicle, Bales located a grinder with suspected marijuana residue present, according to his report.
The passenger Phillip Gilmer, 34, was also taken into custody after alleged marijuana was located inside a suitcase which was in the trunk. Gilmer claimed ownership of the suitcase prior to the search was conducted, according to Bales.
Gilmer was charged with ID theft as well as simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were taken to the Bradley County Jail and booked on the charges.
- More than $6,000 worth of items were reportedly stolen from a storage building on Waterlevel Highway earlier this month.
According to a report filed by deputy Tim Robinson of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Johnny Blair said he had stored five pressure washers, three Cub Cadet lawnmowers, a Kawasaki go-kart, miscellaneous car parts, a refrigerator, radio equipment and tools at the property.
Someone reportedly entered the unsecured building between Jan. 12 and Tuesday just before noon and took the items.
Blair could not provide serial numbers for the missing items at the time of the initial offense report.
Criminal Investigations Division detectives with BCSO are in charge of the case.