APD traffic stops yields drug arrests

Published 1:38 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Two separate traffic stops by the Atmore Police Department resulted in the arrest of three for drugs early Sunday morning.

According to the APD, the traffic stops occurred 8 minutes apart at two different locations.

The first took place at 1:22 a.m. when patrol officers observed a vehicle with one headlight and initiated the traffic stop.

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“After speaking with the driver, officers observed a container that was believed to be marijuana on the floor of the vehicle,” APD Chief Chuck Brooks said. “During the investigation, officers were given consent to search from the driver.”

According to the release, officers confiscated three scales, two marijuana grinders, two marijuana cigarettes, a pipe, a Ziploc bag containing Xanax and a substantial amount of cash.

Matthew Purvis, 31, of Pensacola, Fla., was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana I and possession of a controlled substance.

The second traffic stop that yielded a drug arrest occurred at 1:30 a.m. on South Main Street on a Kia Sportage.

Brooks said officers approached the vehicle, and while speaking with the driver and passenger, a syringe cap was seen on the floor of the vehicle.

“Consent to search the vehicle was given by the driver who admitted to illegal substances inside of the vehicle,” he said. “A search warrant of the vehicle contained a clear rock substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine, a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine, several syringes were found believed to contain methamphetamine and other illegal narcotics were located in items belonging to the passenger.”

The driver, Charlie Hallum, 37, of Pace, Fla., was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia II.

The passenger, Christy Martin, 36, of Seminole, was arrested and charged with possess of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia I.

All three were transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton without incident.