Two men arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

Two men arrested on drug charges after traffic stop
Posted at 12:25 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 09:46:20-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two men were arrested on drug charges and one of them on firearms charges after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper making a traffic stop smelled marijuana coming from their vehicle.

Dontavious Hatcher, 24, and Kenneth Wallace Jr., 24, were booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Monday.

While making a traffic stop on the men's vehicle on Putnam Drive, the trooper who said he smelled marijuana coming from it conducted a search and found in Wallace's front left pocket a small plastic bag with marijuana.

The trooper found in the dashboard what he described in a probable cause affidavit as a large number of individually wrapped plastic bags containing marijuana. The four plastic bags and their packaging weighed 31.6 grams.

In the driver's door, he found a marijuana edible weighing 9.7 grams.

Also found in the vehicle were a prescription pill bottle with 47 pills of Acetaminophen and Oxycodone Hydrochloride, a scale and a currency counter.

After the trooper read Wallace and Hatcher their Miranda Warning, Hatcher asked to speak with an attorney, the trooper wrote, but "later made the spontaneous utterance that the drugs were his and he deals pills."

During the traffic stop, Wallace's phone rang several times with messages asking for narcotics, the trooper wrote.

After Hatcher left the vehicle as directed, a second trooper found a firearm in Hatcher's waistband.

Both Hatcher's and Wallace have several marijuana-related charges. They include ones for possessing marijuana, having the intent to sell or manufacture marijuana, possessing controlled substances without a prescription, and possessing narcotics equipment.

Hatcher faces two firearms offenses: one for displaying a firearm during a felony and another for possessing a weapon or ammo by a convicted Florida felon.

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