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Eastside Decatur traffic stop leads to passenger's arrest on drug charges

Eastside Decatur traffic stop leads to passenger's arrest on drug charges

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DECATUR — A traffic stop on the city's east side early Jan. 23 led to the arrest of a 34-year-old man who had multiple drugs and paraphernalia, the Macon County Sheriff's Office said. 

The man was a passenger in the vehicle that deputies had stopped around 2 a.m. on 22nd Street near East Geddes Avenue, Sgt. Scott Flannery said. 

Deputies initiated the traffic stop because they believed the driver was intoxicated, Flannery said. They later found that the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol but was a ride share driver.

However, deputies discovered that the passenger had active warrants from two counties, Flannery said. He was then arrested and searched as part of the arrest process. That's when deputies found that he had six hypodermic syringes, 4.3 grams of methamphetamine, 2.9 grams of heroin and 2.2 grams of marijuana, Flannery said. 

According to a sworn affidavit, the man was released to the Macon County Jail staff on the warrants pending further investigation. Around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, the deputy says in the court documents he was advised to proceed with charges.

The sworn affidavit said at 11:30 p.m., the detective was informed the 34-year-old man had overdosed from heroin and was being treated at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

The 34-year-old was booked into the Macon County Jail after hospital release. The man is facing preliminary felony charges of methamphetamine delivery under five grams, possession of methamphetamine under five grams, heroin delivery under five grams and possession of heroin under five grams. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney. 

The man's bail was set at $150,000, so he will need $15,000 to post bond.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had the arrest date incorrect. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 23. This version has been corrected.


2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites

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