Drug arrest in Stephens County

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PRESS RELEASE – On July 3rd, a deputy with the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on a gray in color Ford Ranger at the intersection of Collins Road and Poplar Street.

The stop was in regard to a seat belt violation.

While sitting at the intersection of Collins Road and S Pond Street, the deputy observed the male driver of the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt and made no effort to put it on upon passing the deputy.

After the deputy activated his emergency equipment, the driver eventually came to a complete stop on Poplar Street.

The deputy made contact with two occupants, a male and female, and advised them of the reason for the stop.

The deputy observed that the male driver lit a fresh cigarette as he was approaching the vehicle.

The male appeared to be extremely nervous and was identified as Nicky Holbrooks, 58 of Toccoa.

Due to his nervous nature and history, the deputy requested consent to search the vehicle.

Holbrooks granted consent and stepped out of the vehicle.

The female passenger also exited the vehicle carrying her purse.

The deputy requested consent to search the purse only for weapons due to an officer-involved shooting in the area a few days prior.

The female refused and was advised by the deputy that he would be searching the purse for weapons.

When the female became defensive, the deputy restrained her.

The female was later identified as Amy Massey, 47 of Martin.

Holbrooks and Massey were instructed to stand at the rear of the truck while the deputy conducted a search.

The search of the bag resulted in no weapons, but half of a blue and white speckled pill was found and later identified as phentermine hydrochloride, which is a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Upon approaching the driver’s side of the truck, the deputy observed a large black case which was not on the ground during the initial stop.

Inside the case, the deputy located 3 bags of suspected methamphetamine, a digital scale, and other drug-related objects common in the use and distribution of illegal drugs.

The deputy informed Holbrooks and Massey of their Miranda rights, then concluded a search of the truck based on probable cause.

The deputy later discovered that the suspected methamphetamine weighed approximately 40.3 grams.

The felony amount for a trafficking charge in the state of Georgia is 28 grams or more.

The truck was towed, and both Holbrooks and Massey were transported to the Stephens County Jail without incident.

Amy Massey was arrested on the following charges: Trafficking in Cocaine or Illegal Drugs, Purchase/Possession/Manufacture/Distribution/Sale of Controlled Substances, Possession of Methamphetamine, Illegal Possession of Controlled Substance, Obstructing or Hindering Law Enforcement Officers, and Possession and Use of Drug-Related Objects.

Massey remains in jail without bond.

Holbrooks was arrested on the following charges: Trafficking in Cocaine or Illegal Drugs, Purchase/Possession/Manufacture/Distribution/Sale of Controlled Substances, Possession of Methamphetamine, Obstructing or Hindering Law Enforcement Officers, Possession and Use of Drug-Related Objects, and Seat Belt Violation. Holbrooks remains in jail without bond.

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