For the second time in as many weeks, law enforcement has seized suspected crystal meth in the county, with investigators saying this purer form of methamphetamine is turning up more frequently.

On Tuesday night, Moultrie police said, they stopped a car on a traffic violation, smelled marijuana and found suspected pot, methamphetamine, bags of pills and a pistol.

Moultrie Police Department reports said that an officer stopped a 1978 Ford pickup truck driven by Nathan Keith McClelland at about 12:10 a.m. because of a faulty tag light. When McClelland pulled into a parking lot at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Tallokas Road, he told police he did not have a license and the officer smelled the aroma of marijuana, the report said.

When one of the two passengers got out of the truck, a second officer noticed two syringes in the floorboard, police said. A search of McClelland and the passengers, a male and female, turned up nothing illegal, but a search of a black bag inside the truck revealed several bags of suspected marijuana and multiple bags of suspected crystal meth.

Also inside the bag, police said, were a bag containing pills, scales and a black semi-automatic pistol.

On April 1, the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office found suspected crystal meth , marijuana and prescription drugs, as well as more than $2,000 in cash and a pistol. They also arrested Joseph Paul French, 27, during an investigation at the former Wilkes Nursery building after a jogger flagged down a passing deputy’s car to report suspicions of several cars parked there.

The methamphetamine seized in the area typically has been the homemade variety made in plastic drink bottles using household ingredients including batteries, lantern fuel and lye. It has only been in the last couple of years that the purer form with the signature clear crystals has started to turn up in the county in any quantity.

“We’ve seen it a few times recently,” police Inv. Steven Colgan said.

The sheriff’s office also has been seeing the purer form of the drug.

Colgan said he could not speculate on where the methamphetamine seized on Wednesday came from.

“That’s part of the investigation,” he said.

So far McClelland, 25, 1637 Bob Taylor Road, has been charged with possession of crystal meth, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of tag light required, driving with license suspended and possession of marijuana.

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