Police: Man arrested after stop leads to human trafficking discovery

A traffic stop in Elijay City ended in the arrest of the driver for human trafficking, police said.

On Friday, Sept. 13 around 1 a.m., a City of Elijay police officer conducted a traffic stop to investigate a vehicle that failed to dim its headlights and had no working tag light.

Officials say the driver, identified as 26-year-old Cordarrel William Blandburg, was driving without a license and had multiple active warrants out of Clayton County for obstruction of an officer and aggravated assault.

Blandburg told the officer that he was taking his female passenger, who he said was his fiance, to the hospital for possible seizures. The officer allowed Blandburg to continue to a nearby hospital so that the woman could be treated.

It's there that police say the officer discovered the woman was not Blandburg's fiance but instead what she described as her "owner and enforcer." An additional investigation led police to the conclusion that the suspect was participating in human trafficking.

Blandburg is currently held in the Gilmer County Detention Center on a $17,000 bond charged with human trafficking for a sexual purpose.