Toccoa man and woman arrested for trafficking cocaine

Authorities charged a Toccoa man and woman with drug trafficking following a traffic stop in Commerce.

On May 18, Jackson County deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Leonardo Gabriel Steeple near the intersection of Highway 59 and Steve Reynolds Industrial Parkway. While searching the vehicle, authorities say they found over a pound of cocaine.

Deputies arrested the 45-year-old Steeple and obtained a search warrant for his home in Toccoa. During the search, drug agents say they located and seized additional amounts of cocaine and marijuana.

Agents with the GBI’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) charged Steeple with two counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of felony possession of marijuana, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Aija Monique Wilson, age 38, was also arrested and charged in connection with the incident. She faces one count of trafficking cocaine and one count of felony possession of marijuana.

Steeple was booked into the Jackson County Jail, and Wilson was booked into the Stephens County Jail.

The sheriff’s offices in Jackson, Stephens, and Banks counties assisted with the investigation, along with the Toccoa Police Department, FBI, and ARDEO. Officials say the investigation continues.

The GBI encourages anyone with information about drug-related activity to call ARDEO at (706) 348-7410. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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