Seat belt traffic stop results in drug arrest
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 09, 2012 | 1877 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Failure to wear a seat belt resulted in a traffic stop Friday and the arrest of a passenger in the vehicle after components used in making methamphetamine were discovered.

According to reports, Michael R. Scroggins, 51, was taken into custody after deputies noticed he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

Officials conducted a traffic stop on the green Ford Ranger Scroggins was riding in. Scroggins had just been picked up by the driver. The report indicated Scroggins kept “placing his hand into the floor” of the vehicle.

BCSO deputies requested a Cleveland K-9 officer to respond to the scene on Inman Street to aid in a possible narcotics search.

Officer Cody Hinson arrived on the scene and his police dog partner alerted the deputies to suspected drugs being present.

According to the report, deputies found suspected methamphetamine in the floorboard of the truck where Scroggins was sitting.

The driver of the vehicle said Scroggins allegedly placed luggage in the bed of the truck.

After searching the luggage, deputies reportedly located components that are commonly used in making methamphetamine.

Detectives arrived on the scene and confirmed there was an “active one-pot” method process inside the luggage, according to the report.

Deputies also located a bag containing flashlights and tools typically utilized in performing burglaries.

According to the report, Scroggins was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of Schedule II narcotics and possession of burglary tools.

He was taken to the Bradley County Jail and booked.

- Appliances and other items were reportedly taken from a Samples Chapel Road residence which was undergoing remodeling.

A report filed by deputy Casey Kerr of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office noted Kim Winters as the complainant.

Winters told the deputy she and her son were in the process of remodeling the residence.

They had not been in the residence since late September.

When Winters visited the house during the weekend, she discovered an air unit, a General Electric stove, a dishwasher, a freezer, a washing machine and dryer, miscellaneous dishes and a television missing.

Criminal Investigations Division investigators Carl Maskew and Dennis Goins responded to the scene to collect evidence.

The missing items were valued at $2,025.