A routine traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle turned up pills and three suspects in Chadbourn Tuesday.
Chief William Spivey said Officer J. Norris was on routine patrol when he spotted a Toyota Camry with an out-of-date license plate. After calling the tag in for a warrant check, he initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was reluctant to stop, Spivey said, so Norris called for assistance. Spivey responded, as did Fair Bluff Police Lt. Kevin Grice, who was passing through town.
“The driver pulled into the Food Lion parking lot, then turned into Advance Auto,” Spivey said. “He immediately jumped out of the car and looked like he was going to run.” The other officers blocked the suspect vehicle in, Spivey said.
When Norris made contact with the driver, Jonathan Tyler Judson, he noted Judson’s nervous behavior, and asked him what was wrong.
“His exact words were the same over and over –‘I don’t know, I don’t know’,” Spivey said.
Officers obtained permission to search the car, Spivey said, and found 10 Percocets, one-half of an Oxyodone tablet, two Suboxone strips, and bottles that indicated a Suboxone prescription had been filled the previous day.
On further questioning of Judson and two female passengers, Norris arrested Jail Judson, 25; Earline Ellie Hester, 26; and Mary Kathryn Ammons, 23, on a number of drug charges.
Ammons, of 310 Britt St., Bladenboro, was charged with conspiracy to sell cocaine and simple possession of the drug. Her bond was set at$3,500.
Hester, whose address was given as 627 Green’s Mill Rd., Clarkton, but also lives in Fayetteville, was charged with conspiracy to sell cocaine, simple possession of the drug, maintaining a vehicle for drug activities, and trafficking in opiates. Her bond was set at $7,500.
Judson, of 5495 Old Lumberton Rd., Whiteville, was held under a $5,000 secured bond, also on charges of charged with conspiracy to sell cocaine, simple possession of the drug, maintaining a vehicle for drug activities, and trafficking in opiates.
Spivey said Judson admitted travelling to Fayetteville to pick Hester up, then returning to Chadbourn to buy drugs. It wasn’t the first trip to town for the three, Spivey said.
“It turned out Officer T.G. Lovett had written Judson a ticket for the expired plate just a few weeks ago,” Spivey said.
The chief praised his department as well as Grice for the “teamwork” that lead to the arrest.
“We can always count on Chief Chris Chafin and the officers from Fair Bluff to back us up,” Spivey said. “We’re the same way with them. We appreciate being able to count on them.”