Traffic stops lead to felony pot, Spice charges

News Staff Writer


An APD traffic stop, conducted on South Presley Street around 9:35 a.m. on April 25, resulted in the arrest of an Atmore man on a felony pot possession charge.
Reports show that as an APD officer talked with the driver, Demario Eugene Bowens, 34, he “detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.” That led to a probable cause search that turned up more than thirty grams of marijuana, as well as items used to package narcotics.
Bowens was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was released from the county jail on bond April 26.
Thomas Anthony White


An April 24 APD traffic stop also turned into a felony drug arrest when a small amount of synthetic marijuana was found inside the vehicle.
The incident occurred around 12:35 a.m. when an officer pulled the vehicle over on Medical Park Drive because it displayed an expired tag.
Reports show the driver, 62-year-old Thomas Anthony White of Atmore, was “acting strangely, which led to the officer requesting consent to search the vehicle.”
The search yielded approximately a gram of synthetic cannabis (Spice), and White was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Jail records show he was released on bond April 25.
Tyson Dontae Phillips


No details were provided, but the ECDC website shows that an Atmore man, 26-year-old Tyson Dontae Phillips, was arrested April 23 by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with felony robbery.
The jail log shows that Phillips is being held on one count of first-degree robbery.
According to Alabama Code, robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony punishable upon conviction by 10 years to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison if a gun or other deadly weapon is used.
Phillips remained in the county jail Monday, April 29.