Pair facing meth distribution charges following traffic stop for tag light in Dalton
Updated: Jan 29
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020, Officer Selby was sitting stationary at North Hamilton at Edgewood Avenue facing south watching for traffic violations. The officer observed a vehicle pass with the tag lights not functioning to the point the license plate could not be read. The vehicle took a right turn onto W Matilda Street and pulled into 107 W Matilda Street. Officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver later identified as Francisco Salaices Jr., 33, of Dalton, gave officers false information saying his name was "Miguel Angel Hernandez." Salaices even spelled the false name wrong several times. Salaices told the officer he wasn't sure how to spell the name. Officer Selby reported, "[I] immediately became suspicious due to the fact a grown adult male had just misspelled his own first and middle name." "[I] then observed the picture attached and realized the picture does not match the driver." The officer asked if his license was just wrong somehow, or he was lying. The officer advised the driver that nobody has a driver's license with their own name, misspelled. Salaices then stated that he "Could have sworn" that he spelled his name right. Salaices then gave the officer two different ages. Salaices continued giving the officer false information. Officer Selby reported, "[I] then told the driver that there are two things happening, either he is lying to me or that he is stupid." "So [I] asked which one is it." "[I] then told him that he did not know his social security number and misspelled his first and middle name while being 33 years old." He then stated to the officers that he felt he was being judged for not liking to remember "All of this stuff." Officer Selby stated, "You don't like remembering your name?". Salaices was then placed under arrest for giving false information. Salaices then stated, "All right... my real name is Francisco Salaices". While running his real information, it was discovered that his license was suspended as well as having two warrants for his arrest through Whitfield County. Due to the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle as well as observing a piece of marijuana, officers had enough probable cause to search the vehicle. While searching the passenger compartment, an officer discovered three separate clear bags of a green leafy substance that seemed to be marijuana. While Officer Guerrero was looking at the bags of marijuana, he observed there to be what appeared to be meth in the bags of marijuana. The passenger Andrew Dennis Reeher, 40, of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, was arrested as well. Both suspects were then transported to Dalton PD to speak with a Detective in reference to this case. After the interviews, both suspects were then transported to Whitfield County Jail, where both suspects were booked. Officers discovered that the license plate on the vehicle, which was TN did not come back to the red 2002 Saturn sc2. The VIN returns to a Georgia tag. The vehicle showed to have no insurance and no registration. Francisco Salaices was charged with giving a false name and date of birth, driving while license is suspended, x2 possession of drug-related objects, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, no tag lights, driving with no insurance, driving with no registration, and use of license plate to misrepresent the identity of the vehicle. He was also served with the Whitfield County warrant. Andrew Reeher was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine
The suspected meth did field test positive for methamphetamine and will be sent to the GBI crime lab for further testing. According to the report, more charges are pending.