Two Georgia men were arrested Wednesday on drug charges after a police officer pulled them over for speeding on Interstate 26 and found hundreds of oxycodone and methadone pills were found in their truck.
It happened near mile marker 25 around 2:15 p.m., when Johnson City Police Officer Andrew Conners pulled over the pickup.
James Clinnie Casper, 66, Elberton, Ga., and Joshua David Power, 38, Winder, Ga., ended up in custody charged with possession of schedule II drugs for resale. Power was charged with identity theft because he lied about his true identity, police said.
Both Casper and Power told police they were en route to Kentucky from Georgia for a camping trip. According to the arrest warrants, Casper told police Power was “basically his stepson,” but Casper didn’t know Power’s middle name or birthday.
Power initially gave police identity information for his brother because he has active warrants for his arrest in Georgia for failure to pay child support, according to the arrest warrant.
Police said Casper denied there were any drugs or weapons in the pickup, but a K9 unit arrived on scene and conducted a walk around and the dog alerted police to drugs in the vehicle.
Officers located a small safe and opened it after obtaining the combination from Casper. He told police that his pain pills were in the box.
Officers found more than 900 oxycodone and methadone pills, many from different manufacturers and various strengths mixed together in the same bottles. Police estimated the street value at a minimum of $23,380.
Officer also seized $765 in cash from the men.
Casper and Power were arraigned on the charges in Washington County Sessions Court on Thursday. They have a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 13. Power was held on $20,000 bond and Casper had a $10,000 bond.