Tenn. man arrested in stop on I-40
Posted June 19, 2013
Morrisville, N.C. — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol suspected a Tennessee man was transporting liquid methamphetamine near Raleigh-Durham International Airport Wednesday morning after a search of his car yielded a gallon jug of a clear liquid.
Highway Patrol spokesman 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon said a state trooper stopped Michael Edwards, 29, of Johnson City, Tenn., for a seatbelt violation shortly after 11 a.m. on westbound Interstate 40 in Morrisville, near Interstate 540.
Gordon initially said that the trooper found five jars of what was thought to liquid meth, but he backed off that by mid-afternoon. Gordon would only say that authorities could not be sure what was in the single jar found inside the car, and that it could take days for tests by the State Bureau of Investigation to be complete.
A background check by the trooper showed the driver, Michael David Edwards, 29, of Johnson City, Tenn., was wanted in Tennessee for manufacturing meth, Gordon said. Troopers recovered other materials associated with meth manufacture in his car.
Edwards was jailed under a $206,500 bond on one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of failure to appear on misdemeanor charges in McDowell County and a fugitive from justice warrant from Sullivan County, Tenn. He was also cited for not wearing a seat belt, driving with a revoked license, having a fictitious registration and driving without insurance.
Additional charges are possible, Gordon said, based on the outcome of the SBI tests.
Gordon also clarified the initial report of a hazardous situation. No one was ever in any danger, he said.