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Traffic stop ends with marijuana confiscation

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A traffic stop on I-20 in Morgan County last Saturday led to the arrest of a Lithonia man for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Morgan County Officer Christopher Lash pulled over Malik Christopher Jordan, 21, after responding to a report of reckless driving on I-20.

“I made contact with a grey Nissan Maxima,” wrote Lash. “I followed the vehicle to observe any traffic infractions.” When Lash ran the plates of the vehicle, he discovered the tags were expired and proceeded to pull over Jordan.

“Upon making contact, I could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the driver, Mr. Malik Jordan,” wrote Lash in the police report.

Jordan declined to answer Officers Lash’s questions and was placed in handcuffs while Lash searched the vehicle. Lash searched his person for drugs or weapons and then placed him inside the patrol car while the vehicle was searched.

“I discovered a cigar package in the center console with four cigars containing a green, leafy substance inside,” wrote Lash. “A small bottle cap was discovered on the entertainment center screen in the center of the dashboard, containing nuggets of a green leafy substance. A small suspected roach was discovered under the driver’s seat. Two clear plastic bags, one of which was vacuum-sealed, containing a large amount of a green leafy substance, were discovered in the rear seat center console of the vehicle in a hidden compartment.”

Lash also found a digital scale hidden in the vehicle. Photographs were taken of all evidence and the evidence itself was placed into bags and confiscated. Jordan’s car was impounded after the arrest.

“I transported Mr. Jordan to Morgan County Detention Center, where he was turned over to jail staff,” wrote Lash. “Mr Jordan was charged with one count: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count: possession of drug-related objects, and issued a citation for expired or no plate or decal.”

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