A Villa Rica police officer was conducting a routine traffic stop on Highway 61 for a vehicle that had tinted windows. During the stop the officer found about three ounces of drugs in the vehicle of Megan Orvis, 26, of Villa Rica and Michael Smith, 40, of Dallas, Georgia.
“It was about a quarter after midnight on Tuesday,” said Villa Rica Police Capt. Keith Shaddix. “Our officer, Drew Fowler, stopped a pickup truck because of suspected illegal tint. During the traffic stop, he noticed a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.”
As Fowler conducted his investigation Orvis, who was the passenger, gave a false name, Shaddix said. Fowler found a loaded firearm in the console of the vehicle and drugs in various locations of the vehicle.
“Drug trafficking is anything over one ounce and we have an estimated weight of three ounces,” said Shaddix. “There were prescription medication that were not in the original container. One of the bags had syringes, prescription medication in unmarked containers and suspect liquid and solid methamphetamine and suspected heroin.”
Smith and Orvis were charged with trafficking in illegal drugs, possession of a firearm during commission of or attempt to commit a felony, possession schedule one, drugs not in original container, less than one ounce of marijuana, and possession of any controlled substance.
Smith was also charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, drug-related object and window tint violation. Orvis was also charged with giving a false name to a police officer.
“We train our officers to be aware of their surroundings,” Shaddix said. “Sometimes it is a small thing. If you notice and look a little further, it grows into something big.”
Shaddix said police stop people all the time for minor traffic violations and usually it is more of a courtesy for someone who has a tail light out or brake light out.
“There are times, though, that when you stop someone for something minor, you notice that there is something to pick up on,” said Shaddix. “This was a case where Officer Fowler’s observation skills lead to something bigger simply by being observant and being thorough in his investigation.”
Smith and Orvis are currently being held in Carroll County Jail with no set bond.