Opp man jailed for trafficking

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 18, 2011

An Opp man was arrested Sunday for allegedly trafficking cocaine on U.S. Hwy. 84.

Drug Task Force Cmdr. Mark Odom said Martinez Tyrell Hunter, 24, was stopped for a traffic violation by Covington County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Harris.

“It was a pretty routine stop,” Odom said. “Deputy Harris pulled him over, identified the driver and was informed Mr. Hunter had a judge’s order for his arrest.”

Odom said Harris, who was following protocol, asked for and was granted consent to search the vehicle and ultimately located an ounce of powdered cocaine in the trunk.

“It was in a plastic baggie, just laying over on the side of the trunk,” Odom said of the cocaine. “It was a pretty straightforward situation. Mr. Hunter was then arrested and taken to the Covington County Jail.”

Hunter was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and held on a $253,000 bond on the charges; however, he is currently being held without bond on the judge’s order.

Odom said Hunter’s arrest was the latest in several resulting from routine traffic stops.

“We’ve had two or three in the last few days of people arrested for drugs after they’ve been pulled over for things like speeding and such by deputies and our local police officers,” he said. “That’s them doing good police work.”