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Traffic stop leads to felony drug charges

Alex Tucker, 28 (Source: Columbus Police Department) Alex Tucker, 28 (Source: Columbus Police Department)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A routine traffic stop leads police to more than $5,000 dollars worth of drugs, and lands one man in jail with felony charges.

A Columbus police officer was conducting what reports call a random tag check on a red Mustang that was traveling on 7th Street Saturday. The tag turned out to be stolen but that isn't the only charge the driver is facing.

Police say 28-year-old Alex Tucker was driving the car with a female passenger and a 9-year-old boy. Police reports state Tucker's story checked out that he had just purchased the Mustang but he told police he had gotten the tag from someone else, and it turns out that person stole it.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers report they found a large duffle bag in the floorboard of the car. Inside they found cell phones, plastic baggies, a scale and 18 ounces of marijuana, a street value of $5,100.

Police discovered Alex Tucker also had outstanding warrants for two counts of simple battery.

Tucker was placed under arrest and taken to the Muscogee County Jail, charged with theft by receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Tucker entered a not guilty plea in Recorder's Court Monday morning to felony possession of marijuana and theft by receiving stolen property. His bond was set at $21,000 and his case was bound over to Superior Court.

He will go back to court on Tuesday for his outstanding warrant.

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