By Tia Lynn Ivey
The city of Madison Police Department confiscated $21,286 and will seek to retain the money after a Milledgeville man allegedly driving recklessly was arrested with suspected drugs and a weapon.
According to Madison Police Department reports, two Madison Police Department officers and a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped Kelvin Jbrandall Simmons, 28, on Ramada Lane on Friday, May 15 at 2:20 p.m. after an officer allegedly observed Simmons driving recklessly on U.S. 441.
Reports state that Morgan County Dispatch had alerted an officer that the white Grand Marquis driven north on U.S. 441 into Madison was “all over the roadway.” An officer waited near Pierce Dairy Road and fell in behind the Marquis and “observed the vehicle bailing to maintain lane.”
During the traffic stop, reports state, the Marquis stopped on Ramada Lane and Simmons jumps out of the vehicle and threw white pills across the roof into the grass. He also allegedly yelled at officers to “stop (expletive) with me.”
Reports allege that Simmons resisted officers attempting to place him in handcuffs but eventually he was detained and placed in the back of a police cruiser.
Officers searched the vehicle and allegedly found the cash in a black book bag in the back seat of the vehicle. They also found a Taurus .40 caliber handgun with an extended magazine in the book bag. A plastic bag containing suspected marijuana was also in the vehicle along with two rifle magazines, one loaded; and two iPhones.
Reports state that Simmons told officers he had smoked marijuana and taken an unknown number of the pills. According to Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, the pills test positive as Oxycodone. Reports state that officers located 27 of the pills at the scene.
Simmons had difficulty keeping his eyes open and refused a request for a blood test. He is charged with DUI drugs less safe, failure to maintain lane, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce; tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of oxycodone.
Thompson said the department was holding the cash to determine “if the money was gained or used for any illegal purposes.”
Thompson said Simmons remains detained at the Morgan County Detention Center after a bond request was denied.