LCSO: Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust

By: Lowndes County Sheriff Office Release
By: Lowndes County Sheriff Office Release

Lowndes County, Georgia - January 6, 2012

On Wednesday, January 4 Lieutenant Jim Hightower, of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Interstate Criminal Enforcement unit observed a Lexus traveling south on I-75 in excess of the posted speed limit. Lieutenant Hightower entered the lane of traffic and as traffic stop of the Lexus took place, a Honda Civic hurriedly approached and cut off Lieutenant Hightower from the Lexus. The Honda Civic abruptly changed lanes and began to speed away as if attempting to distract the deputy from the Lexus. Lieutenant Hightower continued his stop of the Lexus and spoke with the driver, Tony Phan. While speaking with Phan, Lieutenant Hightower noticed the same Honda Civic that he had previously seen now driving north and the driver appeared to be observing the traffic stop activities.

An assisting deputy and K-9 responded to Lieutenant Hightower’s location and a K-9 “sniff” of the vehicle was conducted and a positive alert indicated. A subsequent search of the Lexus revealed a duffle bag containing several heat sealed bags of marijuana. The marijuana was later weighed and had a total weight of approximately twenty one {21} pounds and has an estimated street value of sixty three thousand dollars {$63,000.00}.

Another deputy was contacted and the Honda Civic was stopped near exit eleven {11}. The driver of this car was identified as Tommy Luong. This vehicle was also searched and a .38 caliber handgun was found concealed in the center console.

The drivers were interviewed and it was determined that the drivers of both vehicles knew each other and were traveling together and were headed to Florida. Based on the observations of the deputies and the information learned during their investigation, both Tommy Luong and Tony Phan were arrested and transported to the Lowndes County Jail.


Suspect data:

Phan, Tony Thich
827 Martin Heights Drive
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Twenty three {23} years old
Charges: Trafficking in marijuana – felony

Luong, Tommy
2150 Mill Garden Run
Buford, Georgia
Twenty three {23} years old
Charges: Trafficking in marijuana – felony
Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime - felony
Following too close - misdemeanor

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