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Talladega man arrested on three drug charges
By Christa Jennings
A Talladega man was recently arrested on multiple drug-related charges following a traffic stop.
Sheriff Michael Howell said that Deputy Bradberry and Reserve Deputy Davis were on routine patrol when they received a call regarding a possibly intoxicated driver.
The deputies encountered the driver crossing U.S. Highway 231 at County Road 14. They stopped the vehicle and reportedly found an open container inside the vehicle.
Deputies asked the driver, 40-year-old Sammy Patterson of Talladega, to get out of the vehicle so that they could perform a field sobriety test. At that time, Howell said deputies saw marijuana on Patterson’s shirt.
They proceeded to conduct the sobriety test and also asked Patterson if he had any more drugs with him. Howell explained that while Patterson was getting marijuana out of his car, the deputies also saw methamphetamine in the driver side door.
Patterson was then arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He had a prior conviction of a second-degree marijuana possession charge, which elevated this most recent charge to first-degree.
His total bond was set at $15,500, and as of press time he remained in custody at the Coosa County Jail awaiting trial.
Anyone who suspects or observes illegal activity is encouraged to report it to the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office at 256-377-4922 or online at www.coosacountyso.org. Anonymous tips are also welcome.