Traffic stop yields drugs

Published 10:35 am Monday, December 19, 2011

AHOSKIE – A Colerain man was jailed earlier this week after a routine traffic stop resulted in a drug arrest.

Jimmie Ray Bundy III, 21 of Exter Road, Colerain, was charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine. He also stands charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license were revoked.

He was taken to the Hertford County Jail under a $1,400 secured bond and made his initial court appearance on Dec. 13.

At 12 noon on Dec. 11, Bundy’s 1995 Nissan passenger car was stopped by Ahoskie Police Sgt. Michael Kellett on Church Street near Curtis Street. In his report, Kellett said he made the traffic stop because there was an item hanging outside the driver’s door. That item was a seat belt.

Once the vehicle pulled over, Kellett advised the driver of his reason for stopping the vehicle, at which time the officer was able to observe what appeared to be several items of drug paraphernalia in plain view inside of the vehicle.

Upon further investigation, Kellett discovered a clear plastic baggie containing off-brown in color powder-like substance between the driver’s seat and center console. It appeared to be cocaine after a drug testing kit was used. Also found were rolling papers and a metallic bowl used to introduce narcotics into the body. Another clear plastic baggie was located, this one containing green in color vegetable-like substance. In the officer’s opinion and through training experience this item appeared to be marijuana.

“I would like to commend Sgt. Kellett for being observant and for making the arrest without further incident,” said Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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