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BPS arrests two for distribution of drugs and possession of weapon

On Tuesday, July 21, at approximately 2:24 a.m., Bainbridge Public Safety conducted a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle, which resulted in the arrest of Michael McCray and Jacquella Cadet.

BPS Officer Richard Collins was on patrol when he clocked a Ford F-150 going 69 mph in a 45 mph zone at the intersection of Dothan Road and Jennifer Drive. Collins then conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, McCray.

Collins asked McCray for his information, however McCray informed him he did not have his license on him, but could provide him with his information. As Collins was obtaining McCray’s information, he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and questioned McCray.

McCray denied the use of any marijuana. Collins asked McCray if he could search the vehicle. McCray responded he could and stepped out of the vehicle.

While searching the vehicle, Collins found a Taurus handgun in the passenger seat of the truck. Collins then placed McCray in investigative custody, due to the fact he was a convicted felon.

Collins then requested backup to conduct a search on the passenger, Cadet, but nothing was found on her person.

Collins continued to search the vehicle and found an orange pill bottle in the center console of the vehicle containing multiple types of unknown pills and substances. In addition, he found a small black travel bag in the back seat, which contained an electronic scale, several clear plastic bags, ammunition for the handgun, and a clear glass mason jar containing suspected marijuana residue.

Following his findings, Collins placed both McCray and Cadet under arrest. Both of them denied ownership of the pills in the bottle, the small black travel bag and the handgun.

McCray was then charged with Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and speeding.

Cadet was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Once charging them, Collins turned over all information to investigators.

Chief Investigator Larry Funderburke is thankful for Collins’ diligence in processing the evidence and patrolling.

“Because of him, our job is easier,” Funderburke said.