Man arrested for drug trafficking

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, October 17, 2018

ECSO: Deputy made traffic stop at 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 8 near interstate

A Birmingham man was arrested on drug trafficking charges on Oct. 8 on Highway 21, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said that a deputy made a traffic stop at about 3:30 a.m. on Highway 21 just south of Interstate 65, where Michael Lee Crosslin, 41, was arrested for trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of steroids.

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“Deputy (Sam) Weeks made contact with a vehicle with what appeared to be blue lights that were on in the vehicle,” Lambert said.

Lambert said Weeks then began to walk around the vehicle to see what was going on, and the driver told him that he’d take the bulbs out that were turning blue.

Lambert said Weeks thought the vehicle was impersonating a law enforcement officer.

“Deputy Weeks saw a cooler inside and saw what looked like bottles of alcohol, and saw in plain view inside of it were two syringes,” he said. “Deputy Weeks asked for consent to search the vehicle, and inside the syringes was a clear substance and it field tested positive for liquid crystal methamphetamine.”

Lambert said Weeks also found another container that had a crystalline substance, and it tested positive for crystal meth. Additionally, a bottle was found with steroids, and $837 was seized.

Lambert said Crosslin was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center, where he remains on a $500,000 bond.