CONYERS — The Georgia State Patrol and Rockdale County Sheriff’s Narcotics and Vice Unit busted a South Carolina man allegedly concealing 11 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $100,000 inside fake cases of soda.
A state trooper on patrol on Interstate 20 East about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 saw a silver 2010 Chevrolet Impala with a paper tag fail to signal when it changed lanes. The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and radioed for backup.
The driver, identified as George Edward Corley, 60, of Lexington, S.C., told the trooper had had recently purchased the vehicle. He produced his South Carolina driver’s license, but was unable to find his proof of insurance.
When the trooper asked Corley where he was coming from and going to, the man allegedly said he had traveled four hours to Atlanta to visit a friend, and was returning home. The trooper asked Corley to exit his vehicle while he checked his license and insurance on GCIC. The trooper stated in his report he became suspicious of Corley because his stories did not make sense. He asked Corley for permission to search his vehicle, and Corley allegedly granted it, signing a consent to search form.
A search of the vehicle found two 24-count cases of canned soft drinks. While feeling the bottom of the cases, the trooper stated the individual cans did not feel normal. Instead, they felt flat and hard. It was found that the top layer of cans were real soft drink cans, but the bottom layer was fake cans, with a piece of wood under them.
After removing both layers of cans, it was found that there were rectangular wooden boxes underneath. Opening the boxes, troopers and deputies found a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine in each box. The bags each weighed about 5.5 pounds, and the street value of the drug was estimated at $100,000. A small bag of suspected cocaine was also found in a plastic bag near the driver’s seat, along with a small amount of suspected marijuana.
Corley was arrested and transported to the Rockdale County Jail. He has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.