Couple arrested for dealing methamphetamine after traffic stop in Cornelia

A traffic stop outside a Cornelia Hotel led to the arrest of a couple for alleged drug trafficking. Habersham County Deputies arrested Crystal Dawn Tellez of Mt. Airy and Joseph Skimehorn of Woodbury, Tennessee on Wednesday, February 23.

According to the incident report, Deputy Brandon Holcomb stopped the Dodge Challenger they were in after he said Skimehorn made an illegal turn onto GA 385/US 441 Business while leaving the Baymont Hotel in Cornelia. During the interview with the driver, Holcomb said he smelled marijuana coming from the car. This sparked a search that officials say led to the discovery of drugs and items commonly used to distribute illegal narcotics.

During the search, deputies found what appeared to be a jar of marijuana, several Ziplock bags containing suspected methamphetamine, digital scales containing residue and a bag of new Ziplock bags. According to arrest warrants, officers seized more than 28 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

A 12-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were in the back of the car where the marijuana was found. They were entrusted to the care of their grandmother.

Deputies arrested Skimehorn and Tellez and were charged with both methamphetamine trafficking and drug possession with intent to distribute. As of Friday, February 25, they remained in Habersham County Jail without bail.

The sheriff’s office referred the case to the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Bureau task force in Cleveland.

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