Cash, grass and credit cards confiscated

Staff Written News

By Patrick Yost


A traffic stop for speeding on the Madison by-pass led Madison Police Department officers to discover several sealed bags of marijuana, stolen credit cards and debit cards, cash and a loaded weapon.

According to Madison Police Department reports, three men were arrested on Sept. 8 at 1:20 p.m. after a Madison Police Department officer stopped a vehicle driven by Kaliq Rahsaan Wares, 19, Atlanta. Consequent to the stop, reports state, the officer reported that he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked for backup.

Wares told the officer he had a firearm on his person and the officer removed a Glock 43 9mm pistol with an after market extended magazine. 

Consequent to the stop and after a second officer arrived, officers searched the 2013 Jeep Cherokee which was parked on Mary Magnan Boulevard. Reports state in a backpack officers located two packages of commercial sold marijuana and $1,330 in cash and a spare magazine for the handgun. They also located, in the same backpack, two bank cards that did not have Wares name or the name of any of the other three passengers. A second bag of suspected marijuana was found near the driver’s side seat.

A second backpack located behind the driver’s seat contained another bag of suspected marijuana and a marijuana grinder. A pill bottle containing suspected Xanax and Oxycodone was located under the front passenger seat. There was also a flat plastic tray between the two passenger seats that contained loose marijuana and “appeared to be used for cutting, rolling, bagging or others processing or handling marijuana.”

A third backpack in the rear of the Jeep contained two packages of commercially packaged suspected marijuana, a zip lock bag of loose 9mm rounds and a “large” quantity of bank cards, identification cards, gift cards and a passport. None of the names on the items matched any of the occupants of the vehicle. Reports state that an officer also located a notebook that contained entries regarding bank accounts, credit and debit cards, passwords and “instructions regarding the hacking of bank accounts…”

Wares was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and theft of lost or mislaid property.

Passenger Tyler Gabriel Grigg, 18, Orlando, Fl. was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects. Passenger Tarpon Malik Taylor, 20, Atlanta, was charged with theft of lost or mislaid property and possession of marijuana. 

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