Police: Drugs found after traffic stop

A traffic stop by police vice and narcotics officers on a vehicle with a broken windshield Wednesday resulted in the arrest of the driver on drug-related charges.

Kenneth Shirley, 42, allegedly gave officers permission to search the vehicle he was driving, but according to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Michael Battles, told the officers that “anything found was not his.”

Battles said in the affidavit that officers activated their blue lights at Blake Street and the Martha Mitchell Expressway, and Shirley pulled the vehicle onto the parking lot of a restaurant.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the affidavit indicated that Shirley acted nervous but gave the officers permission to search the vehicle, and they found a used syringe with a crystal-like residue believed to be methamphetamine under the seat. They also located several small bags inside a vial, with one of them containing suspected methamphetamine and another containing suspected marijuana.

According to records from the prosecutor’s office, Shirley has previous convictions for drug-related offenses starting in 1999, has served time in prison, and has drug-related charges pending.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Shirley after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and various traffic related offenses.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Shirley.