The car was pulled over by law enforcement for failure to yield. A minor traffic infraction quickly turned into weapons and drug charges for a North Carolina teenager and two others in a recent incident far from Raleigh.
The arrests in LaGrange, Georgia, began with a routine traffic stop that ended with an 18-year-old North Carolina woman, and a pair of 22-year-old Georgia men facing a variety of charges, including possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during a crime, participation in criminal street gang activities and possession of marijuana.
All three are accused of being part of Ghostface Gangsters, a gang that is said to include members in North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. According to a news report, members of the gang are aligned with the Aryan Brotherhood and Ku Klux Klan.
The three alleged members were pulled over after their vehicle apparently failed to yield at an intersection. An officer said he noticed that a man in the rear seat had marijuana and was reaching for something beneath him.
The three were removed from the vehicle. A search of car revealed a gun under the driver's seat, ammunition for a variety of weapons, a container holding methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. Inside the woman's purse, police said they found a gun fitted with a silencer.
Police also found meth inside one of the men's pockets.
Officials said they matched tattoos on each of the three linking them go Ghostface Gangsters, a gang that a police officer said originated in the Georgia prison system.
Clearly, all three face the possibility of spending significant time in prison if they are convicted on these charges.
Here in Raleigh, anyone facing similarly severe punishment can speak with a criminal defense attorney experienced in drugs and weapons cases.