Two men were arrested Friday, November 2, following a traffic stop and a search of their vehicle, which netted drugs, paraphernalia and evidence that led to an additional search.
Jerry Johnson Jr. and James Slusser, both of Atmore, were arrested and taken into custody.
Atmore police officers Isaac Lopez and Jonathan Kelly observed a vehicle with an out-of-date tag passing in front of the Fast Lane Convenience Store on South Main Street in Atmore. The two passengers were not wearing seat belts, so the officers initiated a traffic stop.
“The two men in the vehicle were behaving in a suspicious manner,” Kelly said. “They were acting nervous and there was a distinct odor of marijuana in the car. We asked for their consent to search the car, but they refused.
“We called in Deputy Danny Lambert and his K9 unit. The dog alerted us to the presence of drugs, so a search of the vehicle was initiated.”
The search produced 1.5 grams of marijuana and 15.7 grams of Spice, another illegal substance, along with drug paraphernalia.
Lopez interviewed Johnson, and in the course of the interview, Johnson revealed that he had additional drugs at his home. Drug Task Force agent Scott Walden was contacted and a search of Johnson’s home at 157 Third Street was carried out.
An additional 13.6 grams of marijuana were found at the home, along with more drug paraphernalia.
Johnson was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Slusser was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.