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Two busted for drugs, weapons after brighting officer


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Dec. 28, 2021 - 6:51 PM

Two busted for drugs, weapons after brighting officer

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Antonio Lane Jones II and Paris Deshaun McFarland.

Two Alabamians are facing a laundry list of drug and weapons charges after a simple traffic stop for failing to dim their headlights.

Antonio Lane Jones II, 33, and Paris Deshaun McFarland, 35, both of Birmingham, were pulled over in the early morning hours of Dec. 18 after a Newnan Police officer noticed their Chevrolet Tahoe failed to dim its headlights while approaching oncoming traffic. When the vehicle’s lights remained undimmed as it traveled behind the officer’s vehicle on Bullsboro Drive, the officer initiated a traffic stop, according to the police report.

Jones, the driver, told the officer – who also reported smelling marijuana in the vehicle – that he did not have a driver’s license, the report stated. When McFarland opened her purse to retrieve her license, the officer said he noticed an unlabeled pill bottle inside and asked to see it. Inside the bottle there were suspected hydrocodone and alprazolam pills, and the officer also found $776 in cash inside the purse, according to the report.

A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered two pistols, one of which was confirmed stolen out of Birmingham. Additionally, police reported finding marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and propranolol tablets, all packaged for sale; scales with drug residue; a box of clear sandwich bags similar to the bags containing drugs; and a bottle of promethazine.

Another $760 in cash was found in Jones’ pants pocket, the report stated. Both Jones and McFarland were arrested and transported to the Coweta County Jail.

Jones and McFarland are each charged with four counts of possession with intent, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of drugs not in original package, possession of drug-related objects, driving with suspended license and failure to dim lights.

McFarland is charged with five counts of possession with intent, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of drugs not in original package.