An Athens man was arrested on drug charges this past week after the Vonore police chief spotted him not wearing a seat belt.

Police Chief Robby Lovingood said he was driving north on Highway 411 around 12:30 p.m. Monday when he saw a silver Mazda 6 stopped at a stop sign on Depot Street and noticed the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Lovingood said he turned on his lights and stopped the car but allowed the driver, identified as Johnathan Paul Slack, to back into a driveway.

Lovingood, who knew Slack, asked him to step out of the vehicle and asked him if his license was still revoked. Slack confirmed it was and Lovingood had Officers Eli White and Eric Watson, who had arrived on the scene, check for any warrants on Slack, and they found he was wanted on a meth charge and a violations of community corrections.

Lovingood then asked Slack if he had anything illegal on him or in the car and Slack allegedly said he had a pipe on him and reached into his pocket and pulled out a green pipe, which he then laid on the car. Slack then, according to Lovingood, reached into his underwear and pulled out a plastic bag with approximately 3 grams of suspected meth in it.

Officer White then found a red and black bag in the back, passenger side seat of the vehicle. Inside the bag was a black digital scale, four plastic bags containing 12 grams of a substance thought to be meth, several empty plastic bags, 50 syringes, two cigarette lighters and some personal items.

Loving said Slack admitted all the items in the bag were his.

Slack, 29, County Road 439, Athens, was charged with driving on a revoked license seventh offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth for resale.

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