Aragon man arrested after seat belt violation leads to large amount of meth in Floyd County
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on September 1st, 2020, around 5:20 PM, Officer Aviles was actively patrolling the area of Lovel Road in Silver Creek in his marked patrol unit and in uniform. While traveling South on Lovell Road, a black in color pick up passed him heading north. Officer Aviles noticed that the driver, later identified as Jared Roy Buffington, 39 of Aragon, was not wearing his seatbelt. As the officer was stopping the vehicle, Buffington threw something in the back of the vehicle. Officer Aviles reported, "[I] notice that he was anxious, and his arms and hand were unsteady." When asked for his driver's license, Buffington stated he left them at his sister's house and gave several conflicting stories. Buffington said that he was on Parole, and that was the reason he was nervous. Buffington's driver licenses were suspended for child support. Buffington was placed under arrest for driving with a suspended license. While searching Buffington, the officer found a glass pipe inside his cargo pocket. Inside, the pipe was suspected meth. Officer Aviles reported, "[I] have seen this type of substance and drug-related object before in people, [I] have arrested for possession or in other cases [I] have been involved with this type of drug." "[I] have been involved in over 75 cases of some type of controlled substance violation." Deputy Snyder arrived and assisted with the investigation. During the search of the vehicle, Deputy Snyder found a large amount of meth under the driver seat. Based on the sized, it appeared that it was over 28 grams of meth. Inside the vehicle, they also found an AR-15 magazine. At that time, Officer Aviles stopped the search of the vehicle and requested the Rome Floyd Metro Task Force. Sergeant Henry and Investigator Rast showed up and took over the investigation. At the conclusion of the search in the back seat of the truck, the investigator found a Rome City Police Badge and a Rome City Police shirt with patches. Buffington stated that he obtained the badge through the internet (wish.com) and that he traded something for the shirt. In the back of the truck, he had several firearm magazines, ammunition, and a holster. Buffington was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with possession of meth, trafficking meth, possession of drug-related objects, a seat belt violation, driving on a suspended license, theft by receiving stolen property, and parole violation.