Banks County K9 deputies seize 13 kilos of meth in I-85 traffic stops

Banks County K9 deputies seized a huge stash of methamphetamine from a truck on I-85 North near Commerce on Sunday, August 27, 2023, officials say. (Banks County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

Deputies took 13 kilos of methamphetamine off the street during two unrelated traffic stops this week in Banks County, officials say. Three people were arrested.

The first stop came on Sunday, August 27, when a deputy pulled over a truck on I-85 North for speeding in a construction zone and following too closely. Investigators say the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. Deputies found two trash bags in the bed of the truck, which contained approximately 10 kilos of meth.

Anselmo Sanchez-Nava (Banks County Sheriff’s Office)

The suspect was identified as 30-year-old Anselmo Sanchez-Nava from Gwinnett County. He is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and driving while unlicensed. The deputy issued him a warning for speeding in a construction zone.

The second traffic stop took place in the same general area on Wednesday, August 30. A Banks County deputy was conducting a speed enforcement detail in the construction zone when he observed a vehicle speeding and not using headlights in inclement weather.

“The deputy stopped the vehicle at approximately mile marker 152. During the traffic stop, the passenger caused narcotics paraphernalia to fall from the vehicle,” says Banks County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Austin Bond.

Methamphetamine seized by Banks County K9 deputies during a traffic stop in I-85 North on August 30, 2023. (Banks County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)

While investigating, Bond says the deputy found and seized approximately 3 kilos of methamphetamine.

Authorities arrested two people, identified as 65-year-old Wesley Rhom and 58-year-old Sheila Rhom, both of Marion, North Carolina.

Deputies charged the Rhoms with trafficking methamphetamine. In addition, they charged Sheila Rhom with possession of meth and a drug-related object. They issued warnings to Wesley Rhom for a headlight violation and speeding in a construction zone.


All three suspects were booked in the Banks County jail, where they remained as of September 1. No bond has been set.


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