Police make drug-related arrest after traffic stop

An attempt by police to make a traffic stop Tuesday night turned into a short chase and led to the arrest of a man on drug-related charges.

Troy Ramos, 26, allegedly had eight bags of suspected marijuana in his vehicle, Vice and Narcotics Detective Marquis Blake said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Wednesday.

According to the affidavit, police tried to stop the vehicle driven by Ramos at West 15th Avenue and Mulberry Street because the vehicle did not have a license plate.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the vehicle turned into the parking lot of an apartment complex at 1420 S. Mulberry St., and officers saw what appeared to be a bag containing suspected marijuana in plain sight in the vehicle.

Blake said in the affidavit that when Ramos stepped out of the vehicle, he threw something but a search of the area failed to locate the object.

Ramos also had a set of digital scales in his pocket, and eight additional bags of suspected marijuana were found inside the dash under the steering wheel.

Blake said in the affidavit the total weight of the suspected marijuana was more than 16 grams.

Kizer said Ramos is on probation after a conviction for domestic battery.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Ramos after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ramos said he would hire his own attorney.

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