Traffic stop drug bust nets thousands in cash

An overnight traffic stop for speeding and the instincts of a deputy resulted in the arrest of two people on drug-related complaints Thursday, along with the seizure of nearly $10,000 in cash.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said Deputy Chris Ayers stopped the driver of a 1997 Ford F-150 about 3 a.m. on Gordon Cooper Drive at U.S. 177.  During that stop, the driver’s actions were suspicious, Palmer said, so Deputy Ayers called for the nearest drug dog to conduct a sweep of that pickup. Shawnee Police Officer Steve Hudgins responded with his K-9,   The dog alerted twice on the pickup, Palmer said. The driver was searched and Tecumseh Police Officer Brandy Carnell responded to pat down the female passenger, he said.

Palmer said the female had a bulge on her person upon pat down, which led to her producing a package from her pants with a substance that field-tested positive for cocaine at the scene, Palmer said.

Deputies conducted other tests of items at the scene and found about 2.8 grams of cocaine and three grams of methamphetamine, the captain said, along with a small amount of marijuana. Authorities also found $1,600 in cash.

Arrested at the scene on complaints of possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute were the driver, Jerry L. Tubbs, 31, Shawnee, and Amanda M. Phillips, 20, Shawnee, Palmer said.

Both were taken to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
During book-in, detention officers found Tubbs had another $8,000 rolled up and concealed in his genital area, Palmer said.

Authorities will attempt to seize those funds through forfeiture and also plan to seize the man’s pickup, Palmer said.
“Deputy Ayers did a good job of recognizing something was going on besides speeding,” he said.

The case reports will be tuned over to the  District Attorneys of office for consideration of any formal charges. Both suspects appeared before a judge Friday for a bond hearing and both remained jailed, each held on $20,000 bond.
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Kim Morava may be reached at 214-3962.