Traffic stop yields one drug arrest

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 3, 2003

A Montgomery man was arrested Friday, August 1, following a traffic stop by River Falls Police Chief Jeff Holland just within Andalusia limits.

Holland pulled over Demond Lamont Adams, 28, after the suspect was clocked at 77 mph in a 55 zone on US 84.

Holland ordered Adams out of the automobile and found a bag of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded semi-automatic pistol.

Holland said he received information that Adams had been wanted for a probation charge in Georgia before conducting the search of the vehicle.

Holland said the amount of marijuana found had a street value of about $10, and the offense was classified as a misdemeanor.

The arrest was Adams' third criminal charge.

The stop was made during Andalusia rush-hour at about 5:26 p.m.

Adams was in Andalusia for a business trip, swapping furniture in a privately owned vehicle before the arrest.

"I had spotted the vehicle speeding,

driving in and out alongside the road.

I pulled out to stop it, before he killed somebody," said Holland.

Adams was held Friday night in the Covington County Jail in Andalusia and released over the weekend on a $2, 000 bail bond.

The Andalusia Police Department

assisted with Adam's arrest, said Holland. The arrest also adds to the number of drug-related arrests in Covington County, a number which is unsurpassed within similarly-sized counties in the U.S. , according to Holland.

"Most of the drug arrests are from people within the county.

Many of our (drug) arrests are people going to Montgomery or Atlanta," Holland said.

Andalusia's central location from Florida's panhandle, Montgomery, and Atlanta make it a popular route for drug distribution.