Traffic stop leads to arrest for meth, marijuana

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By Patrick Yost, Editor

A traffic stop last Thursday, August 29, led to the arrest of a Madison man for possession of both marijuana and methamphetamine.

According to Madison Police Department reports, Richard Scott Smith, 31, was arrested after the 1 a.m. stop on U.S. 441. Reports state that Officer Elliot Kline allegedly observed Scott driving a black 1994 Honda Accord northbound on U.S. 441 near Zaxby’s restaurant without headlights.

Kline reported that following the stop, Smith told the officer he had a warrant for his arrest from south Georgia for a probation violation but that the agency did not want to extradite him. Officer Kline, reports state, confirmed that a warrant was active but also was told that the arresting agency did want to extradite Smith.

After Smith was secured, the officer was told by Smith, reports state, that there was a lock box on the back seat of the vehicle that contained marijuana, a bowl and plastic bags. Reports state that Smith said “someone” had left the box in his vehicle and that “he would be killed if it came up missing.”

Officers located a key to the lock box near the driver’s seat in the vehicle and opened the box. Reports state that inside the box were a bag of suspected marijuana, a glass bowl “consistent with the type used to ingest methamphetamine” and three clear bags of suspected methamphetamine.

Reports state that officers used a drug detection kit on the suspected methamphetamine and results were positive.

A female passenger in the vehicle was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Madison Police Department. The passenger told officers that a cell phone in her purse did not belong to her and that Smith had offered her a ride to a convenience store and she had accepted. She also said prior to the stop she had observed Smith remove the key to the lock box from his key ring and place it near the driver’s side door.

Both were detained at the Morgan County Detention Center.

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