Traffic stop leads to meth bust

Published 11:10 am Thursday, February 21, 2013

A routine traffic stop Monday on Woods Road quickly turned into a drug bust for officers with the Atmore and Poarch police departments.

According to information released by PCI law enforcement officials, Keith Watson was stopped by PCI Tribal Police Officer Brad Barnhill Monday for failing to stop at a stop sign and for a “switched license plate.” Barnhill reported Watson was acting in a suspicious manner. Atmore Officer Danny Lambert was notified and responded to the scene with a canine unit, which “alerted” on Watson’s vehicle, indicating the presence of an illegal substance.

According to the report, Watson was found to be in possession of over two ounces (58 grams) of methamphetamine, as well as $659 in cash. Officers estimate the methamphetamine to have a street value of $7,000.

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Watson was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking. He was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton, where he is being held on bond.