Just past midnight Monday evening Officer Stephen Kemp attempted to pull over a dark blue Maxima at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Waterworks. The vehicle initially failed to yield to the officer’s blue lights, but eventually pulled over a block west of Godfather’s convenience store.
Two males were inside the vehicle and Kemp immediately smelled the strong aroma of marijuana. The passenger, Archie Kern Jr, had a backpack in his possession and gave Kemp permission to search it. Once Kemp unzipped the backpack he discovered three individual baggies of marijuana, each weighing approximately one ounce.
Kern admitted the weed was his but claimed he did not smoke it and was not trying to sell it. According to Kern, someone gave it to him to sell but he was going to give it back. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, more than an ounce.
The next evening, Officer Kemp was patrolling the area of College Street around 9:30 p.m. when he pulled over a white GMC Suburban for improper lighting of a license plate. Kemp approached the SUV, smelled marijuana, and asked the driver, 23-year-old Anterio Davis, to step out of the car.
Once out of the Suburban, Davis began acting suspicious, blocking the passenger side door with his body. Kemp asked Davis for permission to search the vehicle and Davis consented. While checking the vehicle, Kemp discovered a brick of marijuana wrapped in a plastic bag and hidden underneath the driver’s side seat.[“Bricks” of marijuana are typically cut into a kilo or 2.2 pounds but, because the weed had already been cut into, it is unclear if Davis will be charged with felony possession of marijuana, more than a kilo. SF]
Kemp immediately detained and searched
Davis and found a small bag of cocaine in his pocket.
Davis was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine. He was transported to Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.