Because crime tends to increase during the holiday season, the Villa Rica Police Department has increased its effort to enforce drug violations and reduce traffic accidents.

The results include three drug arrests over the weekend by one Villa Rica officer.

The first arrest happened Saturday at 1:50 a.m. when Cpl. Drew Fowler stopped a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign at the section of Old Town Road and Rockmart Road. The driver was 54-year-old Villa Rica resident Dwayne Elser.

When Fowler pulled Elser over, police dog Bono checked the vehicle for illegal drugs, and gave a positive indication for the odor of drugs, according to the police report. Fowler then gave the vehicle a search and found syringes and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. When Fowler searched Elser, he found a bag of suspected methamphetamine in Elser’s jacket, according to the report. Elser was charged with possession of meth, possession of drug-related objects, and failure to obey a stop sign.

Fowler stopped a vehicle on Sunday at 12:59 a.m. on Rockmart Road because the driver was weaving and failing to maintain the lane. There was also no tag light on the vehicle. The driver, 61-year-old Keith Dewberry of Villa Rica, was searched and a bag of suspected methamphetamine was located in his pants, according to the police report. Fowler also found syringes and a spoon with meth residue in the vehicle. Dewberry was charged with possession of meth, possession of drug related objects, failure to maintain lane, and no tag light.

Later on Sunday at 10:37 p.m. Fowler stopped a vehicle on Highway 78 near Villa Trace for a driver who was not wearing a seat belt. The driver was identified as 38-year-old Dennis Lynn from Douglasville. During the traffic stop it was discovered that Lynn had as outstanding warrant through Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

Fowler also discovered a pill bottle with the medication inside not matching the prescription during the search, according to Villa Rica police. The pills found were Acetaminophen and Codeine which Lynn did not have a prescription for. Lynn was arrested on the warrant and charged with possession of a controlled substance, drugs not in original container and a seat belt violation.


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