Traffic stop uncovers drugs

Published 12:55pm Saturday, June 9, 2012

Rufus Earl Fantroy got more than he bargained for when he decided to take a drive early Sunday morning, after local law enforcement busted him with crack cocaine and marijuana on his person.

Fantroy

Agent Scott Walden, with the 21st Judicial Task Force said he and officers from the Atmore Police Department were manning a driver’s license and security checkpoint at the intersection of Harrison and Liberty Streets at approximately 3:45 a.m. when Fantroy’s vehicle approached them.

“I asked for his license and he said he didn’t have one,” Walden said. “He was giving me some indicators of possible illegal substances in the car so asked him if we could search it.”

Walden said Fantroy initially declined consent to search but changed his mind after Walden radioed for a K-9 unit.

“I patted him down,” Walden said. “And in his right pocket I found what I was later able to determine to be crack cocaine and a pipe and in his left pocket was two grams of marijuana.

Fantroy was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana in the first degree, stemming from a previous 2001 drug conviction. Fantroy was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton where he was later released on $10,000 bond.

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