Traffic stop turns into major drug bust on Coweta highway

What deputies in Coweta County thought would be just another traffic stop became a major drug bust after they found fentanyl, cocaine, meth and more inside the car.

Deputies say they were pulling over a car on I-85 just before 12:30 p.m. last week for not staying in his lanes and having a suspended driver’s license.

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When a deputy was walking up to the car, he could smell marijuana. The driver, 42-year-old Lavar Kirkland, told the deputy that he had just “put a blunt out” and had marijuana. He was then arrested.

Body camera footage obtained by Channel 2 Action News shows the deputy searching his car and finding bags of drugs, as well as Lipton tea canisters filled with drugs. Deputies also found a refrigerated cooler in the backseat of the car. It is unclear what was inside.

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By the end of the deputy’s search of the car, they had found:

  • 55.57 grams of methamphetamine

  • 118.69 grams of cocaine

  • 3 grams of fenatnyl

  • 4.67 grams of oxycodone/fentanyl

  • 19 grams of oxycodone

Deputies also found nearly $15,000 in cash on Kirkland’s person.

Kirkland is now facing a laundry list of drug and gun charges, including:

  • Trafficking cocaine

  • Trafficking methamphetamine

  • Trafficking ecstasy

  • Possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute

  • Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute

  • Possession of a schedule IV narcotic

  • Possession of drug-related paraphernalia

  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime

  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

  • Failure to maintain lane

  • Driving with a suspended license

He is currently being held in the Coweta County Jail without bond.