Traffic stop leads to drug and weapons bust in Valdosta

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 7, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department has arrested a man on multiple drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop.

At approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday, VPD Narcotics Detectives observed a vehicle traveling with an equipment violation in the 2100 block of West Hill Avenue.

Detectives initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, 38-year-old Roddrick Burns, of Adel.

While speaking about the equipment violation, Burns told detectives that he did not have a valid driver’s license. Detectives also noticed an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.

During a subsequent search of Burns' vehicle, VPD detectives recovered approximately 59.1 grams of marijuana, 9.1 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy), 0.3 grams of cocaine, and 9.7 grams of a suspected illegal substance that has not yet been identified. The unknown substance was sent to the Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory for identification.

VPD days the total street value of the narcotics seized is approximately $2,122. Detectives also recovered a handgun, cash, and tools indicative of narcotics sales.

Burns was booked into the Lowndes County Jail on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, MDMA and Cocaine, Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, and miscellaneous traffic charges.

Police say Burns also had an active warrant for his arrest on an unrelated incident.

VPD says the investigation is ongoing and further charges against Burns are pending.

VPD Lieutenant Adam Bembry said Wednesday, "Due to the diligent effort by VPD Narcotics detectives in this case, an out of town narcotics dealer was taken off of Valdosta city streets, along with a substantial amount of narcotics and a handgun."

Courtesy: Valdosta Police

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