Traffic stop leads to mobile marijuana lab in Alpharetta

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – An Alpharetta man was arrested July 28 after he was allegedly found in possession of more than a pound of marijuana, a handgun, a large amount of cash and marijuana processing equipment.

According to police, an officer was on patrol at 2:21 a.m. near the La Quinta hotel on North Point Drive when he saw a car parked in the rear of the parking lot. Someone was inside with the interior light on.

As the officer attempted to drive closer to investigate, the suspect inside noticed the officer and tried to drive away. The officer pulled the driver over.

Anthony The Pham, 29, of Willow Meadow Circle, Alpharetta, allegedly seemed nervous when the officer spoke to him. He admitted smoking marijuana to cool down after having a fight with his wife.

The officer found $614 in cash on him and a search of Pham’s car turned up a container with hash oil, a digital scale, several containers with marijuana in them, a grinder and Ziploc baggies. A fully loaded handgun was found in the glove box.

In the trunk was a pressure cooker, cooking utensils and plastic bag sealer. In all, he had 1.23 pounds of pot, a felony amount.

Pham was charged with loitering, possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during a crime, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of tools for a crime.

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