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Posted: July 19, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Web Exclusive: Cocaine, money found on driver during traffic stop

Driver stopped for outstanding warrants, claimed to be visiting friend who lived there

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Officers in the area of South Emory Street were alerted to a vehicle after the driver reportedly saw them and attempted to back his vehicle up in the middle of the roadway.

Officers from the Covington Police Department approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, 46-year-old Tony Morgan Hunt. He reportedly told the officers that he was in the area to visit someone that had formerly lived in Lunsford Circle. Officers allowed him to continue on with a warning.

But, due to the high amount of crime in that area and the fact that the person that Hunt had named as the one he was visiting is rumored to be involved in drug activity, officers checked the vehicle’s tag and the driver’s information with dispatch as Hunt left, and found that he reportedly had an active warrant for his arrest from Walton County.

The officers noticed that Hunt’s vehicle was allegedly at the end of Lunsford Circle at the brick apartments for just a few minutes before Hunt began to leave the area. When he did so, officers initiated a traffic stop. He was informed of the active warrant for his arrest. Hunt reportedly told officers that he was on probation in Monroe and that he had recently been arrested for a new drug charge in Clayton County.

During an alleged consented search of Hunt’s vehicle, an officer reportedly came across a glass pipe with suspected cocaine residue inside laying between the seat and the center console. At that point, Hunt was placed under arrest. A search of his person allegedly showed that he had approximately $1,000 in cash at the time of his arrest.

Hunt was transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug-related objects and loitering/prowling.

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