Littering leads to drug charges

Patrick Yost News

An Alabama man with suspected synthetic marijuana was stopped and eventually arrested after officer poured through a vehicle in “complete disarray” following a citizen’s complaint.

William Cornelius Adair, 40, Attalla Ala. was arrested and charged with felony possession of synthetic marijuana, felony tampering with evidence, possession of drug related objects, failure to maintain lane, no driver’s license and littering.

The arrest followed a citizen’s complaint to Morgan County Dispatch on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6 a.m. that a vehicle driven by Adair west-bound on Interstate 20 was “having trouble maintaining its lane and was all over the road,” reports state.

A Morgan County deputy set up his vehicle at mile marker 116 and allegedly observed the black Nissan Maxima fail to maintain its lane. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and, reports state, allegedly observed someone in the Nissan throw something from the passenger window before the vehicle came to a stop near the 115 Madison exit.

Consequent to the stop a deputy reported a “strong smell of burnt marijuana” coming from the vehicle. He also questioned Adair regarding the items thrown from the vehicle.

Initially, reports state, Adair said he was cleaning out his vehicle and then, later, denied throwing anything at all.

The deputy reported that the vehicle was “not in order and full of different items of all kinds” including cigar wrappers with and without cigar tobacco. He also allegedly located “multiple” partially burned synthetic marijuana, or “spice” cigarettes both in the vehicle and on Adair’s person.

The deputy also learned that Adair’s license had expired on May 31, 2008.

Because the vehicle was crammed with items, reports state, the deputy sealed the vehicle and moved it off the highway.

After Adair was transported to the Morgan County Detention Center, deputies went back to the scene of the vehicle stop and allegedly found two plastic bags of suspected synthetic marijuana on the side of the road.

Both items were secured and turned in as evidence.

Reports state that Adair also faces outstanding warrants out of Rockdale County for failure to appear.

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