On Saturday, July 9th, 2022, Officers were on patrol in the area of the 2800 block of Philmont Avenue when they observed a black Dodge Avenger crossing over the solid double yellow line, onto the opposing traffic lane, multiple times as it traveled south on Philmont Avenue towards the intersection with Red Lion Road.
A traffic stop was conducted on the black Dodge Avenger in the area of Philmont Avenue and Red Lion Road. The vehicle operator was identified as Jabari Merritt.
While speaking with Merritt, a strong odor of fresh marijuana was coming from the interior of the vehicle. Merritt was asked to exit the vehicle in which he complied. Upon Merritt opening the driver side door, officers observed in plain view, a clear plastic bag containing a leafy green plant, suspected marijuana. Merritt admitted to not having a medical marijuana card. Merritt gave officers consent to search his vehicle.
The search of the vehicle yielded further drugs and drug paraphernalia. Based on the above facts, Officers filed charges for Jabari Merritt.
CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREFORE, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDENTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.