2 Habersham County residents charged with meth trafficking

Two Habersham County residents remain jailed in Rabun County following their recent arrests for drug trafficking.

Deputies arrested Michael Steven Burton, 49, of Clarkesville, and Missy Rena Petrocelli, 55, of Mt. Airy, during a traffic stop in Mountain City on Nov. 17. They charged both of them with trafficking methamphetamine.

According to the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO), the two were pulled over for a tag violation. The traffic stop led to a probable cause search after RCSO K-9 Spike gave a positive alert on the vehicle, indicating the presence of illegal drugs.

Drugs agents say they seized in a traffic stop drug bust on Nov. 17 in Mountain City, Georgia. (Rabun County Sheriff’s Office)

The sheriff’s office requested agents from the GBI’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) to assist with the investigation.

In addition to trafficking, deputies charged Burton with a tag violation and driving on a suspended license. They say he also had outstanding warrants in another jurisdiction.

Authorities booked Burton and Petrocelli at the Rabun County Jail, where they remained as of Nov. 23.

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