Train stop, pot smell send Augusta man to jail



An Augusta man was charged with felony possession of marijuana Tuesday after a nearby deputy smelled the drug while both were stopped for a train.

According to an incident report, a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy had stopped for a passing train at Laney Walker Boulevard about 1:20 p.m. when he said he smelled burnt marijuana coming from a Chevrolet Colorado stopped in front of him.

While waiting for the train, the officer ran the vehicle information, which came back without insurance or registration.

After the train passed, the deputy activated his blue lights to stop the driver, Jamal Leroy Gray, 27, of Royal Street.

The report said the officer observed bits of marijuana in the driver’s lap.

After the deputy was given permission to search the vehicle, he uncovered several bags of marijuana, totaling 34.5 grams, a digital scale and half of a can of Budweiser beer.

Gray was booked into the Richmond County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana, suspended vehicle registration, driving while license suspended or revoked, no insurance coverage and open container.




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