A Kentucky man was arrested in Ravenswood after police found two pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop.
Nathan Patrick Copley, 22, 362 Open Fork, Pikeville, Kentucky, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
Around 7:04 p.m. on Monday, April 1, Sgt J.D. Garrett and Patrolman Lucas Roush were watching traffic in the area of Washington Street and U.S. 33. The officers saw a black Chevy Impala stop at the intersection and make a left turn onto Washington Street.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court, Garrett said the two occupants were looking left and right in an apparent attempt to avoid contact with officers.
The vehicle then abruptly pulled into the Farm Fresh Gas Station just off Washington Street. The vehicle sat at the gas station for several minutes before pulling out again and traveling south on Washington Street.
The vehicle allegedly made a improper left turn from Washington Street onto U.S. 33 east. Garrett conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on U.S. 33 at Meadows Drive.
Roush approached the driver’s side of the vehicle while Garrett approached the passenger’s side. Both officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana, according to the complaint.
Roush had the driver exit the vehicle and conducted a pat down, but found nothing. Garrett had the passenger, later identified as Copley, exit the vehicle and conducted a pat-down search, which resulted in the discovery of a loaded Glock 48 in his waistband.
Copley reported the vehicle was his. A search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia, a small amount of marijuana under the seat, and two large bags of marijuana in a backpack in the rear passenger.
The total weight of marijuana was approximately two pounds.
According to the complaint, Copley told the officers everything belonged to him, and he purchased the marijuana in Athens for $3,000. Copley told the officers the driver of the vehicle had no idea about the marijuana.
During an interview, the passenger’s story was the same, according to the complaint. He told officers he and Copley went to a “head shop” in Athens and stopped to visit a friend. He told officers he was unaware of any marijuana transaction and did not know Copley had the marijuana.
The passenger was released from custody.
All paraphernalia items were photographed and destroyed. The marijuana, pistol, and Copley’s phone were placed into temporary evidence lockers pending a search warrant on the phone.