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Paroled con from Watkinsville busted in Athens for meth trafficking

Kenneth Wayne Bramlett

By Joe Johnson

A convicted convict on parole was recently arrested for allegedly trafficking in methamphetamine in connection with a traffic stop.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Geof Gilland, just before midnight on Jan. 9, an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car driven by 38-year-old Kenneth Wayne Bramlett of Watkinsville on Buddy Christian Way near Athens Road.

The vehicle sped up and continued driving rather than pulling over, but it soon came to a stop.

Gilland said that meth was found in the vehicle and that Bramlett was charged with trafficking the drug.

Gilland would not disclose how much meth was found in the vehicle, citing an ongoing investigation. Under Georgia law, someone is charged with trafficking meth when they are found in possession of an ounce or more of the drug.

Bramlett was additionally charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, as well as with a parole violation.

Bramlett has an extensive history of prison sentences for felony convictions dating to, for such crimes as burglary, theft and illegal possession of firearms in Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties dating to 2004, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

He was paroled from the Gwinnett County Correctional Institution in August 2018.

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