Man touts family connections during traffic stop

COVINGTON — A 19-year-old Monroe man who claimed to have high-ranking relatives in the Newton County government was arrested after a sheriff’s office deputy discovered marijuana in his car.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jacob Rice noticed just after midnight Saturday that a white Honda Accord was weaving while traveling about 15 mph under the speed limit. He pulled over the car on Covington Bypass near Dearing Street and spoke with the driver, Kadric Cox.

Deputy Rice reported that he immediately noticed a strong scent of strawberry coming from the passenger side of the car and notice a small clear spray bottle in the center console that he recognized as blunt spray.

Rice stated in the incident report that Cox was visibly nervous, breathing deeply and seemed as if he “had severe anxiety issues.”

“I asked him to step to the back of the vehicle and he immediately began telling me that he had family in high positions in Newton County and he wanted to call and tell them that I was harassing him,” the deputy reported.

Cox kept his right hand in his pocket while continually telling the deputy that he wanted to call his family and ignoring his commands to keep his hands where they could be seen, the report states.

After being threatened with handcuffs if he didn’t pull his hand out of his pocket, the young man eventually pulled out two boxes of candy.

“While we spoke at the rear of his vehicle, his attention was drawn to his vehicle and he could not quit focusing on it,” Rice stated. “Mr. Cox kept coming up with reasons for me to allow him to walk back to his car.”

The deputy asked if he had any contraband in his car.

“He placed both hands over his face and then again said I was harassing him and just asked if he could call his relatives,” the incident report states.

The deputy then called for a K-9 unit to conduct a free air sniff of Cox’s car. The K-9 officer alerted on three different areas, and Rice stated he found three small bags of marijuana in the center console submerged in water inside a McDonald’s cup.

“Mr. Cox claimed the marijuana and apologized to me,” the deputy stated. “It was later found that he was lying about his high-ranking relatives also.”

Cox, of 808 Hickory Drive in Monroe, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and failure to maintain lane.

In other news, a Covington man was arrested on drug charges after he too was pulled over by Deputy Rice for failing to maintain his lane of travel.

Rice pulled over 36-year-old Kevin Bernard Walker around 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Kinnett Road. Rice noticed Walker appeared very nervous and had his hands tucked between his legs as though he were trying to conceal something, according to the NCSO.

When Rice asked Walker to step to the rear of the vehicle, he kept one hand in his pocket and the other behind his back.

When he refused to comply with the deputy’s order to keep both hands in plain view, Rice attempted to place handcuffs on him, said Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

Rice got one hand in the cuff, but before he could get the other hand, Walker tossed a green leafy substance on the ground, Jefferson said.

“Mr. Walker said it was just a little bit of weed,” she said. “The deputy also removed some marijuana out of one of his pockets along with a small bag of white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.”

Walker, of 180 Old River Road, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, failure to maintain lane and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.