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Dacula Man Facing Drug Charges after Traffic Stop

Another passenger also charged.

A 17-year-old Dacula man is facing charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after a Feb. 8 traffic stop on I-85.

Daniel Kallstrum of Dacula was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped after a Gwinnett County Police officer noticed the driver failing to maintain lane and following too closely.

According to the police report, the officer immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle when he began speaking with the driver. The officer asked the driver to step out of the car and began questioning her while awaiting backup.

The driver denied having any drugs in the vehicle and gave the officer permission to search the car. Before beginning the search, the officer had the rear seat passenger, Darkevion Parrish, 18, of Memphis, step out of the vehicle. The officer wrote that Parrish had difficulty standing and showed signs of impairment.

As the officer was frisking Parrish, he felt a bulge in the teen’s front pocket. When the officer asked what was in the pocket, Parrish replied “trees.” The officer asked what Parrish meant and he reportedly replied, “You know. Weed.”

The officer removed the contents of Parrish’s pockets which included a large bag of marijuana, a small bag of green pills believed to be ecstasy and a small bag of white powder suspected of being cocaine.

The officer then interviewed Kallstrum. Kallstrum denied having any drugs and gave consent for the officer to search a book bag which Kallstrum said was his. During the search, the officer found a large bag of marijuana, a scale and several smaller bags of marijuana that appeared to have a measured quantity the officer described as consistent with the distribution and sale of narcotics.

Parrish and Kallstrum were placed under arrest and transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center. Kallstrum was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and Parrish was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule I narcotic and possession of a schedule II narcotic.

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