Traffic stop leads to drug arrest


A traffic stop by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Kelly Thursday resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges after Kelly’s K-9 partner, Sgt. Andor, alerted on the vehicle.

Ivan Whaley, 27, was stopped by Kelly and his partner at 16th Avenue and Ash Street because Whaley was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, Tri-County Drug Task Force Sgt. Yohance Brunson said in a probable cause affidavit.

Brunson reported that Kelly got the dog out of his patrol car and had it walk around the vehicle Whaley was driving, and Sgt. Andor “alerted on the presence of drugs in the vehicle.”

Whaley reportedly threw a bag containing a green vegetable substance that field tested positive for marijuana out the window of the vehicle onto the ground.

Brunson reported that deputies found a large bag of a green vegetable substance that field tested positive for marijuana in the vehicle, along with a set of digital scales and a loaded .38-caliber revolver.

The total weight of the marijuana was listed as 3.77 ounces.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $15,000 bond for Whaley after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

Whaley said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Nov. 30.