A Cartersville police officer performed a traffic stop on a red Mercury Mountaineer on U.S. Highway 41 at Gentilly Boulevard as the vehicle was failing to maintain its lane.
When the officer approached the vehicle he saw that the passenger, later identified as Charvis Morris, “appeared to be extremely nervous” according to the incident report. When the officer asked if either the driver or the passenger was on active probation or parole, the driver said he was, but Morris did not answer the question.
After asking Morris the question for a second time, Morris said he was on probation through Bartow County. Again, he did not make eye contact with the officer.
A second officer arrived on scene and Morris was asked to step out of the vehicle. According to the incident report, Morris “… continued to look around as if he was looking for avenues of escape.”
When asked if he would allow himself to be searched, Morris said yes.
As the officer patted him down he reportedly felt “… a soft bag-like material between Mr. Morris’ legs.” In the incident report, the officer said he believed the bag to contain marijuana due to his experience as an officer and his training. During the pat down, he also felt a “hard square object” near the suspected bag of marijuana.
When asked how he would like to remove the alleged objects from his pants, Morris said, “If you take the handcuffs off I will take it out.”
The officer then asked what was in his pants. Morris said it was weed.
The officer walked Morris back to his patrol vehicle and sat Morris in the back seat. He took off one of the handcuffs and, according to the incident report, Morris retrieved a large, clear plastic bag containing a green, leafy substance from the crotch of his pants. A digital scale was retrieved as well.
A number of $10 and $5 bills also were found on Morris, which the officer noted were commonly used in distributing illegal drugs.
No illegal substances were found on the vehicle’s driver or in the vehicle itself. After performing field sobriety tests, it was determined the driver was not impaired. Only a courtesy warning was issued.
Morris was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug-related objects. He was transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident.