Jonesboro man faces cocaine trafficking charge

By Jason A. Smith


A traffic stop earlier this week has resulted in jail time for a Clayton County man, accused of transporting narcotics through Henry County.

Carlos Rojas Morua, 35, of Jonesboro, is charged with trafficking cocaine, and having a false or secret compartment. He is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail.

Henry County Police arrested Morua Monday at approximately 11:30 a.m., near the intersection of Jonesboro and North Mount Carmel Roads in McDonough.

Police Capt. Jason Bolton said Morua committed a "minor" traffic violation in his Ford F-150, which led an officer to pull the suspect over. A K-9 detail at the scene then searched the vehicle, and alerted authorities to suspected, illegal drugs inside the truck.

"A kilo of cocaine was discovered in a false compartment," said Bolton. "A smaller amount of cocaine was found in small baggies on Morua's person."

The suspect, who was traveling alone at the time of the incident, was arrested and taken into custody.

Morua made his first appearance Tuesday in Henry County Magistrate Court.

A preliminary hearing in the case was reset for Jan. 26.

If a judge determines probable cause exists to justify the charges against the suspect, bond for him will be set in Henry County Superior Court.