By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 11, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – A man is behind bars in Jackson County after a traffic stop led to the discovery of nearly 60 grams of meth, along with other illegal drugs.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says on Saturday, a deputy ran the information of a vehicle traveling through the area of Alford and discovered the driver had a suspended driver's license and was currently on state probation house arrest.
The deputy said as he pulled over the car, the driver got out of the vehicle and shoved both of his hands in his pants pockets. The suspect, 40-year-old Michael Anthony Barnes, of Cottondale, was eventually detained and patted down.
JCSO says during the pat down, the deputy recovered a pill bottle that contained several plastic baggies full of suspected methamphetamine. Authorities searched Barnes' vehicle and found an unlabeled pill bottle containing a meth-like substance, a partially smoked marijuana cigarette, digital scales, a plastic baggie of suspected marijuana, two plastic baggies containing prescription drugs, glass smoking pipes and 15 individually packaged baggies containing suspected methamphetamine. Barnes also had a large amount of cash on him.
According to the sheriff's office, the crystal-like substances found on Barnes field tested positive for meth. Barnes was in possession of 57.4 grams of meth.
He was placed under arrest and transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended and violation of probation.