Two arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

ALBANY -- Officers with the Dougherty County Police Department soon realized why two suspects were acting nervous after being pulled over for a mild traffic violation -- they were carrying drugs in their vehicle.

Capt. Robert Jennings of the Dougherty County Police Department said around 2:30 p.m. Saturday officers pulled over a Chevrolet Suburban for not having a rear brake light illuminated.

"The officer stopped them and they pulled into a residence on the 3300 block of Sylvester Road," Jennings read from the police report.

According to the report, the driver of the vehicle who was later identified as Kortney Simpson, 30, was hesitant about giving the officer his information.

"Simpson was the one driving and he said that he did not have his ID on him and started to give the officer false information," said Jennings.

While the officer questioned Simpson, the passenger who was identified as Ryan Pittman was "acting nervous and moving around in his seat," according to reports.

Another officer arrived and started to question Pittman when he opened the passenger side door and tried to step out of the vehicle. The officer then noticed that a small bag of .10 grams of crack cocaine was stuffed into the pocket of the passenger side door of the Suburban.

Both officers then searched the vehicle further and found an unmarked pill bottle that contained one Darvocet, which is normally taken for pain.

Simpson admitted to officers that he had gotten the pain pill from a friend because his teeth were giving him trouble.

"Pittman denied any knowledge of the pain medication or the cocaine," said Jennings.

Simpson was arrested and charged with probation violation, possession of a controlled substance, brake light violation and driving with a suspended license.

Pittman was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

Both were taken to the Dougherty County Jail.