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Pot suspect hasn't had driver's license for 18 years

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A driver who hasn't had a license since 1994 was charged with possession of marijuana after denying drugs were in his vehicle, police said.

Thomas Anthony Newman, 59, of East Lane Street was stopped Sunday morning on Madison Street for not wearing a seat belt. A small bag of marijuana was found between the front seats, officer David Curley said.

Newman has had three prior convictions for driving on a revoked license since 1987, computer records show, and his license has revoked since September 1994 after a DUI conviction.

This time, he's charged with driving on a revoked license and simple possession of a schedule VI drug. He was released on $750 bond.

Pot discovered

Marijuana was found in a truck during a traffic stop Friday night, Shelbyville police said.

Jorge Luis Morales, 19, of Warren Circle was allegedly driving 45 mph in a 30 mph zone on Depot Street.

Following a stop on Maple Street, police said they found a "very small amount of marijuana inside an aluminum can modified to conceal marijuana" along with digital scales and a black and mild cigar, which officers say are used to smoke pot.

Morales was charged with possession of schedule VI drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding. He was released on $1,500 bond.

Xanax charge

Charges were filed against a man accused of possessing one and a half Xanax pills inside Bedford County Jail after a traffic stop early Monday.

Jonathan Ray Miller, 28, of Valley Road, who police were told was drunk by a clerk at a South Cannon Convenience store shortly after 3 a.m., was arrested on Lafayette Street after allegedly refusing to attempt field intoxication tests.

The pills were found in Miller's clothing as he was being processed into the jail, officer Tracey Nelson's report said.