A Charlottesville man's traffic stop in Greene County turned into a major narcotics bust Monday.
Jermaine Lamont Jones was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a routine traffic stop on Spotswood Trail.
Police say they recovered just over 14 ounces of crack cocaine that belonged to Jones. Its street value is near $80,000.
Jones will be in court on March 9 to face a felony charge.
Greene County Sheriff's Office News Release
According to Sheriff Scott Haas, Greene County Sheriff's Office, Major Randall Snead made a narcotics arrest of a Charlottesville resident after a routine traffic stop and interdiction effort.
Jermaine Lamont Jones a 30 year old of Charlottesville was arrested by Major Randall Snead on March 1, 2011 after being found to have approximately 14.2 ounces of Crack Cocaine.
Mr. Jones was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a defective equipment violation in the 11000 Block of Spotswood Trail around 1:20pm. The driver of the vehicle was also detained and questioned after the recovery of the contraband.
The routine traffic stop and the following interdiction efforts by Major Randall Snead ultimately lead to a huge seizure of narcotics that would have ended up on the streets of Greene County. Sheriff Haas states, "To my recollection this is one of, if not the largest single seizure in my history with Greene County. The street value of the narcotics seized is worth approximately $80,000. This is a great example of narcotics interdiction work and a job well done by Major Snead".
Mr. Jones was placed in custody and taken before a magistrate, where a Felony Warrant of 18.2-248 -possess a controlled substance classified in Schedule I or II with intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute was issued and served upon his person. Mr. Jones was held on a secured bond of $2,000.
Mr. Jones's first court appearance will be March 9, 2011 at 9am in the Greene County General District Court.
Sheriff J. Scott Haas
Greene County Sheriff's Office