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Winder man booked after drug found in secret car cranny
Matthew David Kelley

While ingenuity in other areas is generally praised, one man now faces the exact opposite after his alleged attempt to hide and sell drugs went awry. 

Matthew David Kelley, 47, of Winder, was arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday, Dec. 23, and charged with six criminal offenses related to his vehicle and supposed drug trafficking. 

Kelley got one felony count each for possession of a controlled substance; trafficking in methamphetamine/amphetamines; having a vehicle containing a false or secret compartment and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime. 

He received misdemeanors for drug related objects and failure to maintain lane. He was stopped by a DCSO deputy near the intersection of Ga. 9 and Dawson Forest Road just after noontime on Dec. 23.

According to one warrant, Kelley allegedly hid six ounces of methamphetamine in his rear driver-side drink holder, which had been converted into a concealed compartment. 

Kelley also had on his person and alleged 11 pills that were suspected to be amphetamine, a generic prescription for Adderall, stated a second warrant. Kelley likewise supposedly had a black scale to measure drugs, according to a third warrant. 

Kelley is currently being held at the Dawson County Detention Center with no bond.