By Patrick Yost
Madison Police Department officials are considering upgrading drug charges against an Athens man to trafficking after an officer allegedly located more than an ounce of suspected cocaine in the man’s vehicle following a traffic stop.
According to reports, Jacque Lamar Andrews, 35, was arrested on Oct. 4 on the Madison by-pass near East Avenue after an officer allegedly clocked Andrews driving 67 mph in a 45 mph zone at approximately 1:30 p.m. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, the officer said she smelled marijuana coming from Andrews 2001 Toyota Highlander. Andrews allegedly told the officer he had been smoking marijuana in the vehicle since he left Eatonton and had some “roaches” in the vehicle’s ash tray.
Andrews was detained at that point, reports state, and a second officer searched the vehicle. Reports state that the officer allegedly found a firearm in the door. The officer also located a black FILA bag under the passenger seat that allegedly contained a plastic bag of suspected marijuana, two plastic bags of suspected powder cocaine, a plastic bag of suspected crack cocaine and a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine. The bag also, reports state contained a digital scale with marijuana residue and $128 in cash. Two suspected Ecstasy pills were found in console near the steering wheel.
Reports state that an officer also determined that Andrews was a convicted felon.
In total, 29.1 grams of suspected cocaine, 16.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 5.8 grams of suspected marijuana were confiscated. Andrews was charged with speeding, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia or objecs, possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine.
According to Det. Wes Thompson, authorities, based on the weight of the suspected cocaine, are considering the more serious trafficking in cocaine charge against Andrews.