Arrest on misdemeanor warrant leads to felony drug allegation

A traffic stop by police early Sunday morning resulted in the arrest of a man on a misdemeanor warrant, but the man later was charged with a felony after police reported finding suspected marijuana in his shoe and in the police car that had taken him to jail.

Dewon Savage, 30, was stopped for running a stop sign at 13th Avenue and Cypress Street at 12:20 a.m., and allegedly told Officer Ryan Edwards he did not have a driver’s license with him, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Bret Ward said in a probable-cause affidavit that Savage was arrested on a failure to appear warrant, and when Edwards took him to jail, Edwards noticed a strong odor of marijuana in his vehicle.

Kizer said Edwards checked the trunk of his car and found nine bags of suspected marijuana under the back seat.

Another bag of suspected marijuana was found in Savage’s shoe, and Ward said in the afidavit the total weight of the suspected marijuana was 24 grams.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Savage on Monday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

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