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MOUNT ZION — A chance traffic stop led to the arrest of a Mount Zion man who was carrying 17 grams of methamphetamine, plastic baggies, digital scales and had more than $900 stuffed in his wallet, police said.

The 19-year-old man was stopped at 7:48 p.m. Monday by Mount Zion police officer Jonathan Layendecker as he was driving in the 100 block of West Wildwood Drive.

Writing in a sworn affidavit, Layendecker said he asked the man if he had any weapons, and he handed over a set of brass knuckles. A search of the car then revealed the drug paraphernalia, Layendecker said, along with a prepaid cellphone and the wad of cash in $50, $20, $5 and $1 bills.

“Based on my training and experience as a police officer, all of these are indicators of someone who is involved in the distribution of narcotics,” Layendecker said in the affidavit.

The officer also said he checked the man’s record and found he is currently on probation in Macon County for a previous conviction involving the delivery of meth.

The man was taken to the Macon County Jail and booked on preliminary charges of the manufacture/delivery of meth and possession of meth. He was also booked on a preliminary charge of the unlawful use of a weapon for the possession of the brass knuckles. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

While being booked into the jail, Layendecker said the man blamed his involvement with drugs on romantic problems.

“He made an unsolicited statement about how he and his girlfriend had just broke up and ‘that’s why I had all that stuff on me,’” Layendecker quoted him as saying in the affidavit.

The man remained jailed Tuesday night in lieu of posting $100,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned July 10.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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