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(USA) Fayette Commissioner Horgan busted for smoking pot

Fayette County Post 1 Commissioner Robert Horgan was arrested Saturday by sheriff’s deputies for misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving with an expired tag.

A deputy pulled over Horgan’s 1999 white Mazda pickup on Stanley Road just after 6 p.m. Saturday for driving with an expired tag, said Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah. That’s just northwest of Fayetteville.

When the deputy approached the truck, he noticed the smell of

marijuana coming from the vehicle, and it appeared that Horgan had been smoking in the truck, Hannah said.

Horgan told the deputy where the marijuana was located and consented to a search of the vehicle, Hannah said. The deputy found the marijuana right where Horgan had said it was, Hannah said. It was less than one ounce, the sheriff said, making the charge a misdemeanor.

Horgan was arrested at the scene and caused no problems for deputies during the incident, Hannah said.

Horgan was taken to the Fayette County Jail where he later bonded out, Hannah said.

Several attempts to reach Horgan Tuesday afternoon as the story broke were unsuccessful.

Horgan was elected in March 2006 to fill the remaining term of the late A.G. VanLandingham. Though a political newcomer at the time, Horgan won the five-candidate race without a runoff, gaining 51.7 percent of the vote in a relatively light turnout of 5,229 voters.

Horgan was re-elected to the commission in 2008, holding off a challenge from former Commissioner Greg Dunn to win with 53.3 percent of the 13,335 votes cast.

Though elected at-large, he is the Post 1 commissioner. Horgan’s district encompasses an area that includes most of the city of Fayetteville, south to McBride Road, east to the county line, west to Sandy Creek Road and a portion of the north Fayette area to the county line.

According to the county’s website, “Horgan is a native of south Florida but has resided in Fayette County since 1977 when his family was transferred to this area by his father’s employer, Eastern Airlines. He attended the Fayette County public schools.

Horgan “went on to gain extensive education and experience in aviation maintenance,” the county website said. “He has worked for several first-class aviation companies, holding top-level positions within the departments he served. However, being eager to use his skills in a business of his own, Robert has opened two locations for the Mr. Transmission franchise, his first in Jonesboro and now in Fayetteville.”

By: John Munford


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