A 45-year-old Gallatin was arrested on Tuesday for drug trafficking after a roadside check by Decherd police revealed the presence of crack and marijuana in a vehicle.
Police reports identified the suspect as John W. Vinson Jr., charged with possession of 7.63 grams of suspected crack in seven bags and 9.21 grams of suspected marijuana.
Reports said Constable Michael Diecks was on patrol at around 4 p.m. at the Mallard Cove Apartments when he observed a silver Chrysler 300 traveling above the posted speed limit.
The car was heading towards Winchester, and the radar issued by the Department of Diecks was used to point the vehicle traveling at 40 mph in the 30 mph zone on the Old Winchester Highway.
During a traffic stop outside 1738 Decherd Blvd., Duck River Electric Membership Corp., Diecks informed the driver of the reason for the stop and asked if there was anything illegal about it. interior of the vehicle, according to reports.
The man replied “no,” according to reports, adding that Diecks had asked if there was anything in a purple Crown Royal bag sitting in the passenger seat and if he could look inside.
The man pulled out a small transparent bag which he said was “weed / marijuana,” according to reports.
After asking the man out, he had also shown that there had been more suspected marijuana inside the center console next to which Diecks had also observed suspected drug paraphernalia, according to reports.
While patting the suspect for potential weapons and asking him to empty his pockets, Diecks was able to see another clear / pink bag he had pulled out, according to reports.
When asked the suspect what it was, the suspect said it was “crack” which had been individually wrapped in seven bags, according to reports, adding that the weight was 7.63 grams .
Reports also indicated that the man took out a large sum of money which amounted to $ 781.
There are reports that Diecks has taken the suspect into custody and informed him of his Miranda rights.
The suspect was placed in the back of a patrol car and Diecks continued to search the vehicle.
During the search, Diecks sought additional information on the suspect and discovered that he had a suspended license and did not have insurance for the vehicle.
Reports say Diecks retrieved another bag of suspected marijuana from the center console, both bags weighing a total of 9.21 grams.
During the investigation, the vehicle and the money are believed to have been used in the sale of illegal drugs, according to reports.
Due to the circumstances, police are pursuing the seizure of the vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler 300, and the suspect’s $ 781 in cash.
The vehicle was secured in the Decherd Police Department impound, and the money was recorded as evidence.
The suspect was then transported to Franklin County Jail to be charged with the above offenses.