Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

October 15, 2020

Charles Hancock Jr.

A routine traffic stop for a suspended license leads to the arrest of a Smith County man.

Deputy Nathan Williams recognized the driver of a black 2000 Ford Explorer as someone he knew to be driving on a suspended license.

After stopping the driver, Charles Hancock Jr., at the corner of E. Jefferson and Main St. in Carthage, Deputy Williams observed a marijauna grinder in the vehicle.

Upon further inspection, Deputy Williams located a safe under the center console of the vehicle.

According to the police report, the safe contained approximately 2 grams of marijuana, a marijuana pipe, multiple baggies, and a set of digital scales.

With an extended search of the Ford, the deputy discovered a Dewalt tool bit box under the driver side seat.

The police report stated that two baggies of meth weighing approximately 4 grams, multiple baggies, a glass meth pipe, and a hypodermic syringe were inside the box.

Hancock was arrested and transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s office to be processed.

Hancock is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.