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Traffic stop leads to felony drug bust

A simple traffic stop in Florala led to a felony drug arrest Tuesday, and law enforcement officials say it should serve as a reminder that the risk isn’t worth the consequences when it comes to controlled substances.

Florala Chief of Police Sonny Bedsole said 38-year-old Florala resident Yusef Thrash was arrested after he was stopped for a traffic offense.

“(FPD Sgt.) Paul Adams stopped Thrash about 5:30 p.m. because he had personal knowledge that he was driving with a suspended license,” Bedsole said. “He noticed the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.”

Bedsole said a subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of several marijuana seeds, as well as one and a half 15-milligram Oxycontin pills.

“Thrash stated he did not have a prescription for them and neither did his passenger,” Bedsole said. “He finally admitted the pills were his.”

Bedsole said Thrash has been involved in incidents involving the police before, but added that none of the incidents were serious.

Thrash was transported to the Covington County Jail in Andalusia, where he was booked on the charge of felony possession of a controlled substance and held on a $10,000 bond.