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APD traffic stop nets drug suspect


News Staff Writer

A March 20 traffic stop led to the arrest of an Atmore man, already the subject of outstanding warrants for drug violations, on new drug charges.
Atmore Police Department Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that a patrol officer pulled over a vehicle driven by Roy Donta James, 41, that was traveling along Jack Springs Road with an expired tag.
Reports show that James informed the officer he did not have a driver’s license, then provided his name and date of birth.
A computer check revealed that James was wanted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office on warrants charging possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and second-degree possession of marijuana, and he was placed under arrest.
Agents of APD’s drug task force were called to the scene, and a search of the vehicle turned up a small amount of methamphetamine under the driver’s seat. Police also found a bag containing syringes, a scale and a glass tube like those commonly used to ingest narcotics.
He was booked into the Escambia County Detention Center on one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with the charges from the warrants.
James, who has an extensive history of criminal activity, mostly drug and weapons violations, remained in the county jail, under a $100,000 bond, early Tuesday, March 22.