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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
A Sylacauga man was recently arrested on multiple drug-related charges and a firearm charge following a routine traffic stop.
Sheriff Michael Howell reported that on September 10, Deputy Bradberry was on patrol in the area of U.S. Highway 231 and County Road 68 near Stewartville when he conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. When making contact with the driver, Bradberry noticed the stock to a gun inside the vehicle.
Bradberry asked the driver, 46-year-old Roy Hanna, if he had any other guns, and Hanna said that he had a pistol in the vehicle.
Hanna proceeded to exit the vehicle, and Bradberry patted him down. At that time, Bradberry felt something that Hanna said was a knife, according to Howell.
When Bradberry pulled out the object in question, he discovered it was a box containing marijuana. The vehicle was then searched, which led to finding a set of scales, a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine, meth, and a marijuana brownie.
Hanna was placed under arrest and charged with first-degree possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Howell explained that Hanna was charged with first-degree possession because he had a prior conviction for second-degree possession of marijuana, which caused this offense to be elevated to first degree.
Hanna’s total bond for all four charges was set at $12,500. He has since been released on bond to await trial.
Anyone who observes or suspects 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.