Traffic stop lands 3 in jail for drugs

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 23, 2014

A traffic stop Tuesday in Florala sent three people to jail for possession of illegal narcotics, but officials say they also illegally possessed alcohol, despite two of the persons being of legal age to drink.

Adrian Elise Cox, 25, Delbert Michael Day, 19, and Adam D. Farley, 27, were taken into custody for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and untaxed alcohol following the traffic stop by Florala officer Jimmy Conner.

“It’s basically people coming into the state and buying alcohol in another state and bringing it in,” Florala Chief of Police Sonny Bedsole said.

Bedsole said the city’s proximity to the Florida line means the transportation of untaxed alcohol into Alabama is fairly common. Bedsole said it is typically treated as a non-traffic offense, punishable by a citation.

“If they have over five gallons, it becomes a felony,” he said. “In this case, they didn’t (have that amount), and they weren’t drinking, but it’s my understanding that they had marijuana in the car.”

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, Bedsole said it is important that motorists keep in mind that even possession of legally obtained alcohol can become a punishable offense if other illegal activity is being carried out.

Following their arrests, all three suspects were booked into the Covington County Jail in Andalusia. Cox was booked on a $2,500 bond, while Day and Farley were each booked on a $1,500 bond.