Driver accused of drug trafficking after powdery substance found in vehicle

Avery Garth Brendle (Habersham County Sheriff's Office)

A Franklin, North Carolina, man remains jailed in Habersham County following his Labor Day weekend arrest on drug charges. Deputies charged 25-year-old Avery Garth Brendle with trafficking fentanyl and possession of meth.

According to the arrest warrants, authorities found the suspected drugs during an afternoon traffic stop on September 2 on GA 15/US 441 North near Antioch Church Road.

While searching the vehicle, deputies say they found two glass vials in the sunglass holder. One reportedly contained a white crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. The other had over 4 grams of a “blue powdery” substance suspected to be fentanyl.

Deputies also charged Brendle with DUI, open container, and a taillight violation. They booked him in the Habersham County Detention Center, where he remains without bond.

Other Labor Day weekend arrests

Brendle was the second drug trafficking suspect arrested in Habersham County over the long holiday weekend. A Lilburn man was arrested on trafficking charges after deputies say he tried to flee from a traffic stop on GA 15/US 441 North in the early morning of September 2.

Habersham County deputies issued 164 citations and 14 warnings and made six DUI arrests during the Labor Day holiday. Included in the citations were 102 for speeding and six for child safety seat violations.

Countywide, the sheriff’s office and municipal police departments arrested 15 DUI and 13 drug suspects. They booked 39 people into the county jail.


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