Court: Police find cocaine in loitering man's hat brim during bust

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJune 23, 2014 

Police found cocaine in a suspected drug dealer's hat brim and marijuana hidden in his crotch area after the 18 year old was stopped for loitering near the intersection of 24th Street and 14th Avenue Sunday, according to court testimony.

Orlandos Tatum faced charges of firearm possession during the commission of a crime, marijuana with intent to distribute, cocaine with intent to distribute, reckless conduct, concealing a weapon and loitering during a Monday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

An officer told the court they were patrolling the 24th Street area when they stopped Tatum for loitering around 12:30 a.m.

When police turned on the patrol car's blue lights, officers witnessed Tatum place an item in his possession in the street. That item was later determined to be a .22 caliber glock with eight loaded rounds, according to court testimony.

While searching Tatum, police found 15 grams of marijuana in Tatum's front left pocket. They also found one gram of cocaine broken into six pieces in his hat brim, and 7.2 grams of marijuana in his crotch area. The marijuana was valued at $222; the cocaine was valued at $100.

Tatum was booked into the Muscogee County Jail.

An officer told the court Tatum's girlfriend, Mariah Farrow, was also arrested and charged with loitering and obstruction of law enforcement after she attempted to prevent police from retrieving Tatum's gun. She was released on bond shortly after her arrest.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Tatum's bond at $22,000.

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