RAGLAND – A routine traffic stop led law enforcement officials to arrest an Eastaboga man Wednesday.
Ragland police Chief James “Bubba” Brown said his department arrested William Devane Mathews, 31, and charged him with first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to sell, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (ICE), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a pistol without a license. He was taken to the St. Clair County Jail in Ashville.
Brown said officer Dewayne Lovell stopped a vehicle on Alabama 144 and Valley Drive.
“While Lovell was talking to the driver, officer Kevin Thompson made contact with the passenger in the vehicle, who happened to be Mathews,” Brown said. “Thompson said he smelled an odor of marijuana.”
Brown said there was a child in the back seat of the vehicle.
“Mathews also had 19 pieces of (edible) marijuana made to look like candy,” Brown said. “The first-degree possession of marijuana is a class C felony. If convicted, he could get two to 10 years in prison. The possession of a controlled substance is a class D felony.”
Brown said the weapon recovered was a Taurus 9mm that was reported stolen nine years ago from Talladega.
Bond was set at $28,000, and Mathews bonded out Thursday.
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