Road block yields illegal pills

Published 12:02 am Friday, October 5, 2012

A Tuesday evening roadblock turned up a bevy of prescription pills that sent one man to jail.

Clinton Allen Watson, 43, came through the safety checkpoint conducted by Covington County Sheriff’s Deputies and Alcohol Beverage Control Board agents at the intersection of Ard Creek and Loango roads.

While investigating Watson’s activity, he was found to be in possession of hydrocodone and Xanax pills, as well as, an amount of marijuana. Watson was questioned about having a prescription for the pills, but one was not produced.

Drug Task Force Agent Greg Jackson responded to the scene and charged Watson with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana II and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $20,500 bond.

“We encourage our deputies to conduct random safety checkpoints often in the rural parts of the county,” said Sheriff Dennis Meeks. “Many individuals feel by traveling isolated areas, they may go undetected when transporting narcotics, stolen property or while intoxicated. Our patrol deputies do a good job of patrolling these areas, and I appreciate their hard work.”