Spotsylvania traffic stop leads to marijuana seizure

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) -  On August 17 at 10:35 p.m., Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Green was conducting traffic enforcement in the Maple Grove subdivision when he observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. Deputy Green initiated a traffic stop on the suspect on Norris Drive; the driver exited the vehicle and then fled on foot after receiving verbal commands to remain seated in the vehicle.

Green and another nearby deputy were able to catch and detain the driver of the vehicle after a short foot pursuit ended at a nearby church parking lot. After taking the driver Maurice Parker into custody he was searched and Green found three baggies of white substance and some related US Currency. The driver was read his Miranda warning and admitted to the deputies that there were more narcotics in the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a plastic bag containing a large amount of money under the driver's seat. The money totaled nearly $4,000. Also located in the vehicle was a book-bag containing baggies of a green leafy substance and a set of weighing scales. In addition, a large cardboard box in the rear seat contained approximately 9 pounds of additional green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

The driver also turned out to be wanted through the State of Texas for a Failure to Appear charge. Deputy Green took the suspect before a magistrate. Parker is facing multiple charges including: driving without a license, Possess with intent to distribute marijuana more than 5 lbs., and Possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Parker was issued a summons for Failure to stop at the stop sign, and was later served on the extradition warrant from Texas. Parker was held at the Regional jail under no bond.

The street value of the marijuana seized is estimated at $18,000 and the cocaine at $1,500.

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