FPD nets 100+ grams of Molly

Published 8:14 pm Friday, June 20, 2014

More than 100 grams of a dangerous new drug were intercepted before they could hit local streets after a Florala police officer made a routine traffic stop Thursday.

Florala Police Sgt. Paul Adams uncovered approximately 112 grams of the drug MDMA, commonly known as “Molly,” as well as marijuana, after pulling over a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Kumoski C. Whitlock of Niceville, Fla., for a routine traffic violation.

According to information from the Covington County District Attorney’s Office, during the course of the traffic stop, Adams noticed the smell of “burnt marijuana.” A search of the vehicle then yielded an undisclosed am-ount of marijuana, as well as the large quantity of MD-MA, a pure form of the drug known as “Ecstasy.”

Following the discovery of the narcotics, Adams contacted agents with the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force for assistance. DTF Commander Mark Odom said the bust kept a large amount of the increasingly popular drug from hitting local streets.

“The amount of narcotics found today was unsettling, but the knowledge that it can’t be distributed to its intended targets means a successful day in the war on drugs,” Odom said following the bust.

In previous interviews with The Star-News, DTF Agent Greg Jackson said most of the “Molly” found in Covington County is discovered through traffic stops like Thursday’s. Jackson said, while the drug does not seem to have reached epidemic proportions in the county, it can often be found in the vehicles of persons attempting to smuggle it into Florida through areas such as River Falls and Florala. Odom said Thursday’s bust is just one more example of the positive affect officers can have on the war on narcotics.

Whitlock was charged with trafficking of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana II and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $1,040,000 bond.