Traffic Violation Leads To Drug Arrest

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Submitted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Wednesday, August 6, at 9:51 p.m., an investigator of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force stopped a truck on Dusty Miller Avenue near the intersection of Coriander Loop for unlawful speed. The driver exited the truck and was issued a written warning for the speed violation. The investigator then made contact with the passenger, who was still seated in the truck and was identified as Austin Sampson. The investigator detected the odor of marijuana and beer coming from inside the truck and noticed that Sampson appeared to be concealing something with his legs. The investigator asked Sampson if there were any opened beer inside the truck and Sampson replied no, however, the investigator could clearly see two opened bottles of beer between the seat and the door. The investigator instructed Sampson to exit the truck and when the door was opened, one of the bottles of beer fell to the ground. 

During a pat down for weapons, the investigator located a marijuana grinder in Sampson’s left front pants pocket. Sampson denied knowing what the grinder was even though it was in his pocket. The investigator also located a large plastic bag containing a half-ounce of marijuana in the same pants pocket. Sampson was placed under arrest without incident and escorted to the investigators patrol vehicle. A few minutes later, Sampson informed the investigator that he had a marijuana pipe concealed inside his boot.

The driver was released with his truck and Sampson was transported to the Madison County Jail. Sampson was charged with possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by persons under 21.

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