Bradley County Drug Enforcement Unit detectives confiscated alleged marijuana, paraphernalia and cash after a traffic stop on Interstate 75 southbound.
One person was arrested as well, according to a report filed by drug detective Eduardo Choate.
According to his report, Choate stopped a Cadillac which was allegedly speeding along I-75.
“The driver and occupants of the vehicle did not possess a valid driver’s license,” according to Choate.
Choate also learned the owner of the vehicle had been traveling just ahead of the Escalade in another vehicle.
The driver of the car ahead was contacted and returned to the scene of the traffic stop.
According to Choate, Maurice Leonard Irvin, 39, was identified as the driver of a passenger van which had been traveling ahead of the Cadillac.
Choate reported he could allegedly smell a strong odor of marijuana as he spoke with Irvin.
Irvin was asked to step from the vehicle at that point and Choate began his investigation.
Choate reportedly asked Irvin if he had any illegal narcotics/drugs, weapons or large amounts of U.S. currency inside the vehicle and Irvin stated “no.”
According to his report, Irvin told the investigator “he knew that he was going to have to come back to the scene and he threw away an undisclosed amount of marijuana he had at a gas station on Exit 20 where he had stopped to wait” on the Cadillac and the passengers inside it.
Irvin reportedly gave Choate and detective Chad Ownby permission to search the vehicle.
Prior to the search, Choate “patted-down” Irvin and found $18,840 in cash.
After searching the van, detectives noted several suspected marijuana “roaches” and cigar wrappers, commonly used to consume marijuana, according to Choate.
After further investigation through national information reporting agencies, Choate was able to determine Irvin had previous criminal convictions for numerous violations including selling, manufacturing and distributing cocaine, and had served a seven-year sentence for that conviction.
The report also noted Irvin had affiliation with gang/criminal organizations known for conducting drug trafficking.
According to Choate, Irvin could show no proof of the source of currency in his possession.
A K-9 issued a positive alert for the alleged scent of narcotics on the cash.
Also, Lt. Jimmy Smith collected white powder from some of the bills.
That evidence has been sent to the TBI lab for further analysis, according to Choate.
The cash was seized.
Irvin and the others were reportedly traveling from Michigan to Atlanta. He was cited for simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Capt. Brian Quinn of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation continues.