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Traffic stop turns into drug arrest

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    THC Rice Krispy treats, marijuana and a firearm were found during the May 15 traffic stop. CONTRIBUTED
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    Jamaal Clyde

Officers never know when a routine traffic stop can turn into much more, which was the case in a recent incident that started as a speeding violation.

Jamaal Clyde was arrested May 15 and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a schedule I narcotic and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. In the report of the

In the report of the arrest by Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy Kasey Carr, the deputy said he was running stationary radar on the Gray Bypass May 15 when he saw a black Dodge Charger traveling southbound toward Macon at a high rate of speed, 78 mph in a 60 mph zone.

Carr said he stopped the vehicle just past Greene Settlement Road.

The officer said he approached the driver and informed him of the reason for the stop. He said the driver identified himself as Clyde with his driver’s license and stated he did not realize what the speed limit was on the bypass. Carr said, while they were talking, he noticed Clyde’s hands shaking uncontrollably. He said he also smelled marijuana coming from inside the car.

The deputy said he returned to his vehicle and ran a check on the driver. He then printed a warning for the speeding violation and returned to the driver. He said he asked Clyde to get out of his car, and when the door opened, there was a stronger smell of marijuana.

Carr said he asked the driver to stand in front of his patrol car and explained the written warning. He said Clyde signed the citation, and he was released from the stop.

The deputy said he asked the driver if he would answer a few questions, and he agreed. That was when he asked about the marijuana, and Clyde said there was not any in his car. Carr then asked and received permission to search the Charger.

Carr said there was a bag sitting behind the passenger seat, and inside the bag he found two THC rice crispy treats. At that point, the deputy requested backup. While waiting for backup to arrive, he said Clyde started talking about going to jail because there was a pistol in the car.

The deputy said he told the driver that it was not illegal to have a gun in the car unless he was a convicted felon. Clyde said he was unsure if he was a convicted felon.

Deputy Chris Shurley arrived at the scene to assist, and Carr continued the search of the vehicle. He said, between the driver’s seat and center console, he spotted a pistol, and Clyde was placed in handcuffs. Dispatch confirmed he was a convicted felon.

The deputy said another bag was found containing four bags of marijuana and a digital scale. He said he noticed the pistol did not have a magazine, but Clyde told him where to find it in the vehicle. Carr said the magazine had 13 9mm bullets in it.

No other contraband was found in the car.

Carr said Clyde was transported to the Jones County LEC. He said the narcotics and pistol was logged into evidence, and warrants were secured for Clyde.