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Police: 2 arrested after drugs, gun found in Johnson City traffic stop

June 19th, 2013 12:54 pm by Becky Campbell

Police: 2 arrested after drugs, gun found in Johnson City traffic stop

Booking photos of Kendrick Lamorris Peppers and Justin Bookwalter

Two Georgia men were arrested Tuesday night after police stopped the driver for speeding and discovered drugs and a weapon in the vehicle, according to court documents.

Kendrick Lamorris Peppers, 21, 1071 Sutherland Dr., Winder, Ga., was charged with is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule II for resale, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and introducing contraband into a jail.

Justin Bookwalter, 21, 1252 Braves Ct., Winder, Ga., was charged with driving on a revoked license and speeding.

The traffic stop started around 7:10 p.m. when Johnson City Police Officer Alex Perry was using radar to clock a vehicle traveling 38 mph in a 30 mph zone on North Roan Street near 11th Avenue.

Bookwalter was driving the car, according to a court document, and after Perry checked the man’s driver’s license he determined it was revoked for failure to satisfy a citation. Because Bookwalter lives in another state and had not paid the prior citation, Perry decided it was “unlikely” he would show up for court, so he arrested the man.

Perry noted in the court document that he found $450 cash on Bookwalter when he searched him, and Bookwalter could not give a reasonable explanation for where he got the money. Bookwalter was already under investigation for selling narcotics, which gave Perry probable cause to seize the money on suspicion it came from drug sales.

Perry obtained permission to search the vehicle, then Bookwalter withdrew consent. A K9 officer used his drug dog to sniff around the vehicle and the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the car.

Perry had already asked the passenger, Peppers, if he had anything on him and Peppers admitted to having marijuana. Peppers initially identified himself as his brother, but Perry determined that information was false. Peppers told police he has a warrant for his arrest from Georgia so he used his brothers identification in an attempt to evade arrest.

After the K9 alerted on the car, Perry searched it and located a semi-automatic pistol. Peppers was placed under arrest and Perry located $546 cash on him.

The gun was found in a duffle bag that contained clothing the same size as Peppers but too big for Bookwalter, so police determined the weapon belonged to Peppers.

Both men were taken to the Washington County Detention Center. As Peppers was being booked into jail, detention officers located two baggies of a white rock-like substance hidden in his underwear and believed to be crack cocaine.

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