Traffic stop leads to drug arrests
A routine traffic stop Tuesday night resulted in a not-so-routine arrest.
Matthew Lee King, 27, of Russellville, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance after FCSO Deputy Jordan Seahorn pulled him over for not having a tag displayed late Tuesday evening.
Seahorn, assisted by K9 Chill and another deputy, discovered quantities of meth, illegal prescription pills, synthetic drugs, scales, a gun and US currency totaling about $5K in King’s vehicle.
Sheriff Shannon Oliver said the evidence might show that King, a convicted felon with prior drug arrests on his record, might be a dealer rather than simply a user.
Also arrested was Elizabeth Marie Vandiver, 32, of Phil Campbell, for possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Oliver commended his officers for the job they did in getting the drugs off the streets. “They did an excellent job, and I believe it speaks highly of them,” Oliver said. He also praised his officers for their diligence in following even the smallest signs of a problem, which can lead to big arrests like these.
“Sometimes it can be as simple as not having a tag,” Oliver said.
Bond had not been set as of Tuesday afternoon.