Two men allegedly en route to sell methamphetamine to another man wound up in jail because of a simple traffic violation, according to the Commerce Police Department.
An officer saw a vehicle run a red light at the intersection of U.S. 441 and Hwy. 334 near Ingles and pulled it over. Upon making contact with the driver, the officer said he noted the strong smell of marijuana from inside the vehicle.
The driver, Shelby Thomas Phillips, 23, 389 Stillwood Drive, Hartwell, appeared to be overly nervous, the officer said, noting shaking hands, heavy breathing and inability to make eye contact with the officer.
The officer learned that Phillips’ driver’s license was expired. During a pat-down, the officer said he felt two plastic baggies in Phillips’ shirt pockets, which Phillips admitted contained marijuana and which he turned over to the officer. Continuing the pat-down, the officer allegedly recovered a small quantity of methamphetamine in a baggie in a watch pocket.
Turning his attention to the passenger, Nathan Ryan Moorhead, 21, 391 Stillwood Drive, Hartwell, the officer recovered a small amount of marijuana on the floor under the passenger seat, and a “large amount” elsewhere in the vehicle, along with several hand-rolled marijuana cigars, all of which Moorhead admitted to owning.
The report said that the men told officers they were en route to deliver the methamphetamine to “Mike,” and noted that there were several messages on their cell phones relating to drug deals.
Police charged Phillips with possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, driving with an expired driver’s license and running a red light. They charged Moorhead with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
For information on all the arrests and incidents reported to Commerce police during the past week, see the Dec. 31 issue of The Commerce News.