A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Georgia man facing two misdemeanor charges for a March traffic stop in which police say they found loaded guns and marijuana.
The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office filed charges Tuesday against Coleman Rowe, 26, of Decatur, Georgia, who was scheduled for an initial appearance Wednesday. When he failed to appear, an arrest warrant was issued.
Tyler Keels, 23, also of Decatur, appeared in court Wednesday on the same charges and was released on a $1,000 signature bond.
The case stems from a March 23 traffic stop in which Portage police reported seeing a full-size U-Haul swerving and following too closely. Police stopped the truck in the 600 block of West Cook Street.
During the stop, the officer spoke with the driver, Rowe, and the passenger, Keels. After Rowe rolled down the window, he reportedly admitted to the officer that he and Keels had been smoking marijuana earlier. A K9 unit with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene and allegedly alerted to possible drugs.
The officer informed Rowe that he would search the vehicle, at which point Rowe said there was a weapon in the vehicle. A loaded AK-47 with a pistol grip was located in the cab of the truck, which Rowe admitted was his. Rowe also admitted to having a baggie of marijuana in his underwear.
In the rear of the vehicle, the officer found an AM-15 assault rifle and a backpack with ID for Keels and a 9 mm pistol. Rowe told the officer the other two guns were not his. All three guns were loaded at the time.
The two men were arrested, and at Columbia County Jail, Keels admitted to having a bag of marijuana in his underwear. Following a cavity search, another bag of marijuana was located.
Rowe was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of a concealed weapon. Keels faces the same charges and is scheduled to next appear in court for a July 26 return hearing.