Not having seatbelts on led to the discovery of alleged drugs and a whole lot more traffic violations Oct. 5.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Crawford said he was patrolling on New Highway 68 near the Skyway Mart just before 11 p.m. when he saw a Chevrolet Cavalier and noticed no one in it was wearing a seatbelt.
He pulled the car over and used a check with dispatch to discover the license plate didn’t belong on the car. While talking with the people in the car, a passenger in the backseat provided him with a driver’s license that said he was Christopher John Hall.
Crawford said while he was talking to Hall, he noticed him to have dilated pupils and he was nervous and sweating. Crawford said Hall also had several visible knives on him and was not able to stay still.
Crawford asked Hall to step out of the car and patted him down, feeling a bulge in his right pants pocket. Crawford said the baggie was sticking out of the pocket and he could see what appeared to be a green, leafy substance in it.
Crawford detained Hall then and called for a tow truck to take the car as no one could provide proof of ownership or insurance.
An inventory of the car was then done and Crawford said officers found, next to where Hall had been sitting, a cellphone and a case that is normally used for reading glasses, but when they opened the case, they found a cut straw with a white residue on it, a glass pipe, a baggie with a crystal like substance in it believed to be Fentanyl and a second baggie with another crystal like substance in it thought to be meth.
Hall, 45, Cedar Lane Road, Vonore, was charged with possession of Fentanyl, possession of meth, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
The driver of the car was cited for the traffic violations and released.