Traffic stop leads to the arrest of two suspected meth dealers in Whitfield County
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Tuesday, February 24th, 2020, Whitfield County K-9 deputy was assisting the drug unit when he was advised of a black Honda Pilot that had just left a known high activity drug location. The deputy observed the vehicle turning onto Chatsworth Highway and noticed that the vehicle's headlights were not on during the rain. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the Honda as the driver pulled onto Old Grade Road and onto the shoulder. The deputy approached the driver after asking for another unit. The deputy proceeded with the normal traffic stop procedures—the driver Matthew Edward Gilbert, 33, of Dalton, was asked to step out of the vehicle to speak about the stop. While patting down the driver, the deputy felt a glass smoking pipe.The deputy advised Gilbert about the meth pipe in his pants, and he just shrugged his shoulders, advising that the pants weren't even his pants. The glass meth pipe was removed, and a detective was contacted. The detective arrived as the interior of the Honda Pilot was being searched. During the search, a set of black digital scales were located in the center console of the vehicle. Also located in the passenger floorboard was a security lockbox with what appeared to have pieces of methamphetamine fragment at the bottom of the box. Also located during the search by another detective was a clear plastic container with a magnet on the bottom located under the hood of the vehicle. Inside the plastic container were several clear plastic baggies with miscellaneous pills and methamphetamine inside. Gilbert was issued a written warning headlight requirements. Detectives also arrested Isis L. Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 38, of Hialeah, Florida and booked her into the Whitfield County Jail on charges of possession of meth, possession of meth with the intent to distribute, trafficking in meth, possession, and use of drug-related objects, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and crossing guard line with drugs without consent. Gilbert was booked into the Whitfield County Jail on charged with possession of meth, possession of meth with the intent to distribute, trafficking in meth, possession of a schedule 2 drug, possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.