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Meth, cash seized after traffic stop in Braselton
Two arrested after bags of meth found stuffed in driver's pants
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Agents seized seven small bags of meth during a traffic stop in Braselton in December 2018. The estimated street value is $2,800 per ounce. The stop led to the arrest of Jessica Ashley Clanton, 38, of Buford.

Agents conducting surveillance and a traffic stop on two people led the officers to thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine, according to authorities.

Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad officers stopped a vehicle Thursday, Dec. 20, driven by Jessica Ashley Clanton, 37, of Lula. Thomas De La Cruz, 33, of Buford, was a passenger in the car.

Seven 1-ounce bags of meth were found, including three on Clanton’s person, according to authorities. Officers had been surveilling the car before the traffic stop.

“She had them, I think, just shoved in her pants. She tried to conceal them from us as we were pulling up on her,” Lt. Don Scalia said.

Agents also seized $1,100 in cash, while officers also found less than an ounce of marijuana.

De La Cruz had an outstanding probation warrant.

The estimated street value is $2,800 per ounce, though the wholesale value in the drug trade may be $1,000 per ounce, Scalia said.

Clanton was charged with trafficking and possessing meth with the intent to distribute, while De La Cruz was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

They were both booked in to the Hall County Jail.

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Jessica Ashley Clanton
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Thomas De La Cruz