13-year-old helps in drug bust

LAWRENCEVILLE -- If it hadn't been for that meddling kid, a Lawrenceville teenager might have escaped a traffic stop without facing drug charges.

A Gwinnett County police officer stopped Dario Alberto Martin, 17, for a license plate violation just before 5 p.m. Wednesday near the front entrance to Georgia Gwinnett College. He was given only a warning.

As the officer was leaving the scene, however, he was flagged down by a 13-year-old boy walking his dog. According to police reports, the boy told the officer that Martin had thrown something out of his vehicle as he was being pulled over.

A quick search found a glass jar with "four individually wrapped plastic baggies" of suspected marijuana, police said.

The officer was reportedly able to track down Martin not far down the road, where he was turning around in a parking lot and "attempting to return in the direction he came on Collins Industrial Way."

Asked about the marijuana, Martin -- who reports listed as a Collins Hill High School student -- allegedly copped to the crime.

"He stated that he threw the jar out of his vehicle before I stopped him and was turning around to retrieve the jar before I stopped him again," the responding officer wrote.

After being questioned, Martin denied he was going to sell the marijuana at the nearby college.

Martin was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, abandonment of a controlled substance and traffic violations.

Jail records show he was released Friday on $7,950 bond.