RFPD makes drug arrests

Published 12:52 am Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Crestview, Fla., couple was jailed Monday after a traffic stop yielded the largest cocaine find by the River Falls Police Department this year.

RFPD Chief Greg Jackson said Kenji Lynell Moore, 31, and Shannon Chambers, 26, now face charges of trafficking cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia after 250 grams of powered cocaine was found inside one of their vehicles.

Jackson said around 7:30 p.m., Moore and Chambers were noticed following each other in two separate vehicles southbound on U.S. Hwy. 84. Jackson said he and reserve officer Thomas Huggins observed the one of the vehicles perform a minor traffic infraction, which led to the traffic stop.

“(Once the vehicles were stopped) Ms. Chambers advised us that she used to work for the Florida Department of Corrections after which the officer detected a level of nervousness greater than for a traffic stop,” Jackson said.

During the stop, Jackson said Chambers refused consent to search the vehicle. As a result, the Andalusia Police Department officer Cody Warren and his drug dog were called to the scene.

“A positive alert by the K-9 officer and a subsequent search uncovered 250 grams of powdered cocaine in the air box filter of the vehicle,” Jackson said.

Jackson said Moore, who was in a separate vehicle with Chambers’ three minor children, was involved in the transportation of the cocaine and also charged with trafficking.

This is Moore’s second incident involving trafficking and the River Falls Police Department, Jackson said.

“Mr. Moore was stopped Feb. 25, 2004, by the River Falls Police Department traveling south towards Crestview (Fla.) with a large amount of cocaine, charged with trafficking and ultimately convicted,” he said. “We got him again.”

Both Moore and Chambers are being held in the Covington County Jail under a $503,000 bond.

Jackson said the three minor children were released into the custody of their grandmother.

Assisting in the arrest were Covington County Sheriff’s deputies, APD officers and agents with the Drug Task Force.

Street value of the seized cocaine is approximately $25,000.