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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Two young men from Rockford and Alexander City were arrested earlier this month for a marijuana-related charge following a routine traffic stop.
Sheriff Michael Howell reported that on May 7 Deputy Scott conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the Ray community near Ray Baptist Church.
Upon stopping the vehicle and making contact with the driver, Scott reportedly detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle led to him finding marijuana in their possession.
The amount of marijuana located in the vehicle was deemed to be “more than for personal use.” Scott also located a firearm inside the vehicle, although there were no charges made related to the gun.
The traffic stop culminated in the arrests of 22-year-old Noel Jones of Alexander City and 18-year-old Dequalon Thomas of Rockford on May 7. Each was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana because of the amount found in the vehicle.
Bond for each of them was set at $10,000. Both have since been released on bond to await trial, with Jones being released May 8, and Thomas being released May 12.