Drug Distribution Charges after Late Night Traffic Stop

LaGrange Police have arrested a man on multiple felony charges after he claimed possession of several bags of illegal drugs found in his vehicle during a late night traffic stop.

Early Thursday morning about 2:16 a.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a blue Nissan Altima for a lane violation.

The vehicle was pulled over on Whitesville Street near Cedar Street. Officers made contact with the occupants inside the vehicle.

After advising the driver, Arthur James Lindsey, of the reason for the stop, he stated he could not find his license, so he provided his name and date of birth. The front seat passenger also did not have any identification, but he gave his name to police as well.

While speaking with both subjects, officers observed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the Nissan, so both occupants were removed from the vehicle. Both subjects then denied having anything illegal and consented to a search of their persons, but no contraband was found.

Both subjects also admitted having recently smoked marijuana, so the vehicle was searched with probable cause.

During the search, officers located a purple zip up bag underneath the front passenger seat. Police say the bag appeared to have been placed under the seat from the rear, so it would have been hard to place it there while seated in the front passenger seat.

Police inspected the purple bag and discovered it contained a large bag amount of suspected marijuana and three smaller bags of suspected cocaine. Two of the bags had suspected powder cocaine and the other had “crack” cocaine.

When police told the two that they were under arrest for illegal drug possession, Lindsey immediately stated that the suspected marijuana and cocaine did not belong to his passenger, but also claimed it was not his either.

Officers then told Lindsey that they were both still under arrest, so he stated that the vehicle belonged to him, so everything inside of it belonged to him. Lindsey then claimed the suspected marijuana and cocaine and stated his passenger did not have anything to do with it. He was then solely placed under arrest.

According to police, there were approximately 27.6 grams of marijuana and 23.4 grams of cocaine located inside the vehicle. Police note that this amount of marijuana and cocaine is indicative of narcotic sales rather than personal use.

As a result, Lindsey, age 51, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, and Felony Parole Violation.

Lindsey was denied bond and is being held at Troup County Jail.

The author of this article can be reached via email at tmurphy@troupcountynews. net.