By Patrick Yost
A Madison man faces felony drug charges, and the wrath of a relative, after a traffic stop led officers to more than two ounces of suspected marijuana, digital scales, a glass jar with suspected marijuana in plastic packaging.
Marvis Martez Griffin, 33, faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession and use of drug related objects and use of a communication facility (phone) in commission of a felony after the Honda Accord he was driving was stopped by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy near the intersection of East Washington Street and Maple Street.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, the deputy alleged that while he was driving past the parking lot of a convenience store on Bethany Road he observed a suspected drug transaction between a man and a person inside the Honda Accord.
The deputy said he turned around and followed the Accord from the parking lot. The alleged buyer had left the area before the deputy returned, he said. Griffin was stopped and, reports state, the deputy called for backup after he allegedly smelled burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Reports state that Griffin denied knowledge of the transaction and told officers that someone else had “borrowed” his vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle officers found a red and black cooler in the vehicle. Inside the cooler was a tupperware-type container that also held a large amount of suspected marijuana. Griffin’s relative arrived at the traffic stop and reportedly told officers “That’s my damn Tupperware right there with all that in it.”
During the search Griffin had been detained with handcuffs. While he was detained, reports state that he was getting text messages on his phone that were drug related. “Come over, let’s burn one,” a text message allegedly said.
The phone was also confiscated and law enforcement was going to request a search warrant to forensically examine the phone.