A traffic stop on Interstate 59 Friday left three men jailed after lawmen found drugs inside the pickup truck.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies about 1:30 p.m. stopped a white Nissan Titan on I-59 southbound near the I-20 interchange. During the stop, said Sgt. Joni Money, deputies detected an overwhelming odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle turned up 11 pounds of marijuana stored in vacuum-sealed bags.

Deputies then contacted detectives from the Vice and Narcotics Unit who recognized one of the occupants as the subject of a marijuana trafficking investigation.  Search warrants were obtained for that person’s address in the 500 block of Elm Street in Birmingham.

During the search of the residence, authorities confiscated an additional 18.95 grams of marijuana, 16.01 grams of mushrooms, Ecstasy, Xanax and more than $3,400 in cash.

Those charged with trafficking marijuana are: Miguel Recardo Samuels Jr., 26, of Birmingham; Courtney Ladreko Mason, 34, of Oxford, Ga.; and Anthony Larvell Maddox, 39 of Lithonia, Ga. All three were booked into the Jefferson County Jail where they are being held without bond.


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