Columbus man arrested, charged with possession of cocaine
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus man has been arrested after police discovered cocaine hidden in a cigarette pack in his car.
On Saturday, July 2 at about 2 p.m., an officer observed the suspect fail to use a signal while turning onto Manchester Expressway from Reese Road.
The vehicle again failed to signal when it changed lanes, and the officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle as it was entering the ramp to I-185.
During the stop, the officer noticed the driver, 35-year-old James Ramsey, appeared to be nervous. The officer then asked him to exit the vehicle and began writing a citation.
Ramsey denied consent to the officer's request to search the vehicle, so the officer retrieved a K9 police dog to conduct an open "air-sniff" around the vehicle's exterior.
When the K9 police dog sniffed around the vehicle, it alerted the officer to illegal narcotics near the driver's door area.
The officer had the front passenger exit the vehicle. After searching the vehicle, the officer located a Marlboro Menthol cigarette pack on the passenger side door.
Inside the cigarette pack was a clear plastic bag containing one gram of powder cocaine with a street value of $100.
Both Ramsey and the passenger were placed in handcuffs and read their rights.
Ramsey stated he had no knowledge of the cocaine. The passenger stated as soon as the police pulled them over, Ramsey handed him the cigarette pack to put away. The passenger also stated he put it in the door pocket but did not know what it contained.
Ramsey stated he smokes Marlboro Menthols but denied the pack containing cocaine was not his.
The passenger stated he smokes regular Marlboro lights, which were in the center console.
There were no other Menthol packs located inside of the vehicle.
Ramsey was then transported to the Muscogee County Jail. On the way, he informed one of the officers that he used cocaine on Thursday, June 30.
This case remains an open investigation. Stay tuned for more details.
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