TALLAPOOSA COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Two people have been arrested after a sheriff's deputy discovered illegal substances during a traffic stop.
On Sunday, Nov. 13, a Tallapoosa County Sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop on US Highway 280 for a traffic violation.
After making his initial contact with the driver, the deputy discovered that the driver did not have a valid license.
When the deputy returned the vehicle, he detected a strong odor of marijuana.
The driver gave consent to search, and during a pat-down for weapons is when a large quantity of narcotics was recovered.
Both subjects of the car were detained and the "on call" narcotics investigator was contacted.
Approximately 35 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 14 grams of marijuana, 14 hydrocodone pills along with OxyContin and oxycodone were recovered.
During further investigation, it was determined that a 1996 Lexus, $6,950 and a Hi-Point 9mm would be confiscated.
Joseph Parrish Decatur, 45, of Nauvoo, AL was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in hydrocodone, possession of marijuana in the first degree, possession of controlled substance, certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shirley Angela Peppers, 54, of Nauvoo, AL was also arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in hydrocodone, possession of marijuana in the first degree, possession of controlled substance, pistol without a permit, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The investigation of the illegal trafficking, distribution and possession of narcotics is ongoing in Tallapoosa County