Traffic stop leads to multiple drug charges

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A traffic stop and a suspended license led authorities to a vehicle packed with suspected narcotics and a loaded weapon.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Derese Garshae Alexander, 34, Atlanta, was stopped by a Morgan County deputy at 11:52 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23  near the intersection of U.S. 441 north and Seven Islands Road for allegedly driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Consequent to the stop, a Morgan County deputy reported allegedly smelling marijuana coming from the 2016 Chevrolet Impala driven by Alexander. Reports state that the deputy confirmed with both a state and national crime computer network that Alexander’s license had been suspended. He also questioned her regarding the smell. Reports state that Alexander denied any illegal substances in the vehicle.

A second deputy arrived and Alexander was detained. Both deputies searched the vehicle and found a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana in the front console. In a black StevenMadden.com bag behind the driver’s seat a deputy found a second bag of suspected marijuana and a clear plastic bag of 20 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Reports state that the bag also contained four prepaid AT&T cell phones in their boxes, a scale, electrical tape, duct tape, baggies, vacuum seal bags, a vacuum sealer, 13 pouches of Bugler tobacco, a four ounce can of Bugler tobacco and eight “eggs” (tobacco bound and wrapped in electrical tape.”

Deputies also located a purple and chrome thermos with suspected alcohol beside the driver’s console. A chambered and loaded Tarus 9mm handgun was found under the driver’s seat. The magazine contained 11 rounds, reports state.

Alexander invoked her right to remain silent and was transported to the Morgan County Detention Center where she was charged with driving while license suspended, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce; possession of an open alcohol container, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of  a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of drug related objects.

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