Attempted Traffic Stop Leads To Large Drug Bust In Jacksonville

According to Jacksonville Police Chief Marcus Wood, on Wednesday a Patrol Officer on routine patrol attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a Black GMC Yukon for a switched tag.

After the officers activated emergency lights and sirens, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop leading officers on a chase throughout the Northwest part of the City of Jacksonville.

During the pursuit, officers noticed the driver reaching around in the passenger side of the vehicle eventually throwing out a green bookbag, and then later running off the road wrecking his vehicle in the area of Pleasant Valley Road and Littlejohn Road.

The driver then attempted to flee the scene on foot only to be caught after a short foot pursuit. Officers were then able to identify the driver as 43 year old Tony Eugene Heath of Piedmont.

After a search of the bag, officers recovered 510 grams of Methamphetamine, 62 grams of Marijuana,22 grams of Fentanyl, and $6,800 cash.

Heath was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful possession of a Controlled substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, resisting arrest and attempting to elude.

Heath has been jailed at the Calhoun County Jail awaiting bond and a court date.


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