Traffic stop results in drug arrest

A traffic stop by drug task force investigators Tuesday night resulted in the arrest of a man who reportedly threw a plastic bag containing what was believed to be crack cocaine out the window of his vehicle.

Marquez Vinson, 29, was driving a 1996 Lexus that officers stopped in the 3200 block of Tennessee Street at about 7 p.m. for a traffic violation, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Vinson Thursday.

Investigator Chris Drye reported that the bag was retrieved by officers and also contained a partially burned cigarette containing suspected marijuana.

Kizer said investigators field tested the substance in the bag and determined that it was not cocaine, but because of a new state law, Vinson can be charged with possession of a counterfeit controlled substance.

In addition to the new allegation, Vinson has a pending charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm stemming from an arrest earlier this year, and a prior conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Vinson, and told him to come back to court May 10 at 9 a.m. She also appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Vinson.