Failure to use turn signal leads to marijuana bust

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 1, 2013 

A man who was stopped by police after failing to use his turn signal faced charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute during a Monday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

Blake Thomas, 20, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

An officer told the court that he was patrolling in the area of River Road Saturday when he noticed Thomas take a left turn without using a turn signal. He initiated a traffic stop and followed Thomas to the intersection of Crockett Drive and Barrett Avenue.

When the officer approached the vehicle, Thomas was inside with three other occupants. The officer reported smelling the odor of marijuana emanating strongly from Thomas' car.

The officer odored the occupants out of the car to investigate the smell of marijuana. A large bag containing suspected marijuana was found in the driver's side floorboard. A smaller bag was found under the passenger seat.

The total weight of the marijuana found was 230.2 grams, which was valued at $2,302. Thomas was arrested and taken to Muscogee County Jail.

During the 9 a.m. hearing, Judge Michael Cielinski set Thomas' bond at $15,000. His case has been forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.

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