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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

Photo by Greg Bird Officers found a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia hidden in a soda can Friday morning. .

Photo by Greg Bird
Officers found a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia hidden in a soda can Friday morning. .

An early morning traffic stop led to the arrest of two individuals on trafficking charges after officers found what appeared to be a cache of illegal narcotics and other drug paraphernalia.

Deputy Odell Smith reported spotting a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier driving northbound on U.S. 27 around 2:00 a.m. with a broken taillight.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop in the Kroger Parking lot, and when he approached the vehicle he spotted a large soda can in the car under the driver’s feet with the top apparently cut off and reattached. After getting permission to search the vehicle, the deputy inspected the can and found illegal narcotics.

Inside the can were two small bags of what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine and four pipes.

After placing the driver, identified as Luther Murphy, Jr., 51, and the passenger, identified as Brandy Dawn Allen, under arrest, a further search of the vehicle turned up digital scales, a small quantity of pills and other drug paraphernalia in various places in the car.

In all, over 8 grams of methamphetamine were recovered, with an estimated street value of about $2,400.

The pair was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Deputy Smith was assisted at the scene by Sheriff Randy Waters, Deputy Tom Smith and Deputy Jerry Meadows.

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