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Pound of pot found during traffic stop

A 43-year-old Thomson man was taken into custody Friday afternoon during a traffic stop in which a state trooper found nearly a pound of marijuana.

Trooper First Class Willie Ramsey of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the suspect as James Frisbie Davis, of the 1100 block of Happy Valley Road. Mr. Davis, who was arrested without incident, was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for felony possession of marijuana, possession of Scheduled II narcotics, speeding, no license on person and seat belt violation, Trooper Ramsey said. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Davis also was wanted by authorities on an outstanding parole warrant.

The suspect was taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center where he was jailed on those charges.

Trooper Ramsey said he pulled Mr. Davis over in front of the driveway of a residence at 1301 Mesena Road for speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone. After the suspect stopped his 2002 Ford Escape XLT, he reportedly admitted to the trooper that he had marijuana lying on the rear floorboard.

Mr. Davis was asked to step out of the vehicle where he subsequently was searched and told he was being arrested, as he was placed into the back seat of Trooper Ramsey's patrol car shortly after 1 p.m.

Trooper Ramsey discovered three individual brown sacks of marijuana inside individual plastic bags, as well as a glass pint jar of marijuana and a bottle of pills. The marijuana was all found on the rear floorboard.

The trooper later carried the marijuana to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson where it was weighed.

Web posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010

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