ADDISON - A traffic stop for a possible expired tag on a motorcycle turned into a much bigger incident when the Winston County Sheriff’s Office found 48 grams of methamphetamine in the rider’s possession.
Arrested was Anthony Ray Lancaster, 49, of Addison, who was riding a black motorcycle when he was stopped in the area of Sardis Airport Road near the Winston/Cullman County line, according to Sheriff’s K-9 officer Jonathan Oliver.
Lancaster, who was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, was transported without incident to the Winston County Jail in Double Springs, Oliver said.
Oliver was working a traffic detail Wednesday, March 24, in the area of Sardis Church on Sardis Airport Road, when a black motorcycle went by traveling east toward Cullman County, appearing to have an expired tag, he said.
“When I got closer to the motorcycle and ran the tag, it was discovered the tag was actually swapped,” said Oliver. “It didn’t belong on that particular bike.”
When the traffic stop was conducted, the rider acted extremely nervous, Oliver said. “He did not want me anywhere near the motorcycle,” he said.
After speaking with Lancaster, Oliver obtained the motorcycle’s vehicle identification number and made sure the bike was not stolen.
Once Oliver wrote Lancaster a traffic citation, he explained to him there had been complaints of drug activity in that area, he said.
“I asked for consent to search the motorcycle, which he denied,” Oliver said.
At this point, Oliver explained that he was Winston County’s K-9 unit and had K-9 officer Bojan on the scene, who is trained to react to narcotics.
“He became extremely nervous and said he didn’t think there was anything on the bike, but he would go and check,” he said.
Found in a storage compartment at the bike’s gas tank was a small black camera case which, according to Lancaster, had nothing inside it. At this point, the subject turned, grabbed the bag and tried to conceal it in his riding jacket pocket while attempting to walk away, sheriff’s officials said.
Oliver confronted Lancaster about the bag, and Lancaster admitted the bag contained drugs, according to Oliver.
*When a defendant is charged with a crime, the charge is merely an accusation until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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