By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Loud music leads to drugs, weapons charges
Jesus Ayala
Jesus Ayala

A cranked-up stereo in a car Monday night led to a man's arrest on theft, drugs and weapons charges.

Hall County sheriff's deputies on patrol at 11 p.m. in the 800 block of Jesse Jewell Parkway stopped the driver of a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria initially for just a noise violation, said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

"During the course of the stop, deputies discovered a handgun with an extra magazine and ammunition, knives, and a smoking pipe containing methamphetamine," Wilbanks said.

A check of the handgun's serial number through the Georgia Crime Information Center's computer system indicated that the handgun was reported stolen in Hall County in April 2010, he said.

The driver, Jesus Ayala, 21, of Gainesville, was arrested without incident and booked into the Hall County Jail, where he was charged with misdemeanor theft by receiving, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug-related objects and loud music from a vehicle.

A passenger in the vehicle was released at the scene without charges, Wilbanks said.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff's office.