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Rodriguez Donta Edwards
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
A Wetumpka man was arrested on two drug charges and a firearm charge following a traffic stop with backup by the Rockford Police Department.
Sheriff Michael Howell reported that on July 2, Deputy DeAndre Scott was on patrol in the Rockford area when he observed a vehicle driving in excess of 90 mph. Scott stopped the vehicle for reckless driving and was backed up by Rockford Police Department.
Howell said the Rockford police officer saw a rifle in the vehicle. Additionally, the driver told them that he had a pistol in the driver’s side door.
A search of the vehicle was conducted because of law enforcement officers smelling the odor of marijuana.
That search resulted in locating more than 51 grams of marijuana, a 9mm firearm, scales, a semi-automatic shotgun, and drug paraphernalia.
The driver, 38-year-old Rodriguez Edwards of Wetumpka, was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Edwards’ total bond was set at $10,000, which included $5,000 for the marijuana charge and $2,500 for each of his two other charges. He has since been released on bond to await 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.