Laurel man arrested after Sunday traffic stop

Laurel man arrested on drug charges after traffic stop
Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 4:15 PM CST
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LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - A Laurel man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop Sunday.

According to the Laurel Police Department, officers were conducting a safety checkpoint on the off-ramp of Interstate 59 onto South 16th Avenue when a vehicle approached the checkpoint occupied by a female driver and male passenger around 1 p.m.

Officer James Ainsworth, assisted by Officer Joseph Couch and Investigator Brad Anderson, conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle. The officers found approximately 47.8 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of oxycodone, 85 grams of marijuana and two firearms in the vehicle.

The passenger, 27-year-old Damell Tillman, was taken into custody and booked into the Jones County Adult Detention Center.

According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Tillman was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm.

Tillman was given a bond of $25,637. He is currently still booked in the detention center.

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