Traffic stop leads to cocaine trafficking arrest

News Staff Writer

A Florida man was arrested on felony drug charges after a traffic stop by Atmore police led to discovery of an outstanding robbery warrant and a search of his vehicle.
APD Sgt. Darrell McMann reported Tuesday, May 31, that the arrest occurred around 3:38 a.m., Sunday, May 29, when a patrol officer stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation.
The officer discovered that a passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Javion Michael Rawls of Pensacola, was the subject of an active warrant for robbery that was obtained by Pensacola police. Rawls was taken into custody, and a handgun was found beneath his seat.
Officers also found a bag containing 33 grams of cocaine and a digital scale under the seat, next to the gun. Further investigation revealed an undisclosed quantity of marijuana in the console. Rawls admitted the pot was his.
Rawls is charged with one count each of drug trafficking, first-degree possession of marijuana, carrying a pistol without a permit and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He remained in the Escambia County Detention Center at midday Tuesday, May 31, without bond, and a hold was placed on him for Pensacola PD.
A jail employee said Tuesday a mug shot of the suspect was not yet available.