Tennessee felons arrested on several charges after gun and drugs found inside stolen vehicle
According to a Georgia Department Of Public Safety incident report, on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020, a Motor Carrier Compliance Division Criminal Interdiction Unit was on patrol on I-75 northbound in Gordon County. The MCCD CIU officer LPR system alerted him to a stolen 2003 Jeep Liberty that had just passed. The MCCD CIU officer slowed down and let the vehicle pass, and then confirmed the vehicle with the Troop A communications center. The MCCD CIU officer followed the vehicle until another GSP unit got with him. Both units then conducted a felony traffic stop. The CIU Officer and TFC Whitfield drew their service weapons and held the two suspects at gunpoint. They gave the suspects verbal commands and took both suspects into custody without further incident. CIU Officer and Troopers could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and off of both occupants. Both suspects identified as Jason Todd Janow, 43, of Cleveland, Tennessee, and Brandon Sauls, 34 of Chattanooga, were Mirandized and waived their rights and agreed to speak. The passenger Brandon Sauls stated that they were coming back from trying to buy dope, but the guy never showed up. When the driver Jason Janow was asked about the vehicle, he advised that he had the title in his wallet. Officer Phillips retrieved the title, and it was for another vehicle, not the one being driven. The driver stated that he did not even look at it. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a Hi-point semiautomatic handgun with the serial numbers filed to conceal identity shoved under the backseat. There was also a small camera case in the driver's door containing several needles, one of the needles had suspected methamphetamine inside and a small plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine. When the CIU Officer asked the Janow what was in the needle, he said it was methamphetamine. He also said that he thought the passenger threw the gun out the window when asked about it. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen. Jason Janow also had three felony warrants out of various agencies, and both suspects were convicted felons. Both suspects were transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Jason Janow was charged with criminal use of an article with an altered identification (not a motor vehicle), misdemeanor theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, misdemeanor theft by bringing stolen property into the state, possession of meth, possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor driving while license is suspended or revoked. Brandon Sauls was charged with criminal use of an article with an altered identification (not a motor vehicle), possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a schedule 4 drug, drugs not in the original container and possession and use of drug-related objects. At the time of this article, both suspects were still in the Whitfield County Jail with no bond.