WINDER - What started as a simple traffic stop Friday night ended with a Winder man behind bars for harboring a disturbing stash of child pornography and tiny undergarments, police said.
Samuel Laird, 54, faces charges of sexual exploitation of children after police found numerous images, videos, DVDs and children's underwear in a trailer near his Winder home, an official said.
Laird is being held without bond in the Barrow County Jail pending a court hearing. He also faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and no insurance stemming from his Friday arrest.
"Knowing that he's off the streets right now means the world," said Winder police spokesman Capt. Dennis Dorsey.
An officer pulled Laird over around midnight Friday for driving with a license plate that didn't match the Chevy Astro Van he was driving, Dorsey said.
Dorsey said the officer arrested Laird when he found a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine in his driver's seat. The officer found images of child porn in the van during a search and obtained a search warrant for his 23 Windsor Drive residence, the spokesman said.
There police found the nearby trailer that was littered with illegal images and videos, Dorsey said.
Police seized a computer in Laird's trailer but have yet to process it. Dorsey said more charges against Laird are expected before he appears in court.
"This is unusual - we don't see a lot of this anymore," Dorsey said.
Laird has lived at the Windsor Drive address since late 2006, after relocating to Winder from Ohio, said Dorsey.
"It's a pretty hard case to work when you think most of the police officers involved have their own children," said Dorsey. "You almost have to step back and say to yourself - 'Wow.'"