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Tenn. man arrested in stop on I-40

Posted June 19, 2013

— 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.

Traffic stop on Interstate 40 Tenn. man arrested in stop on I-40

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.

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  • RKBA Jun 27, 12:18 p.m.

    "Get all these low lifes off the street!"

    Yeah, those seat belt violators are raising hell in our society.

  • RKBA Jun 27, 12:17 p.m.

    "Dear Governor This is wjhat people will have to resort to without work. "

    It's the Governors fault?

    Hilarious!

  • PJM Jun 26, 3:07 p.m.

    Dear Governor This is wjhat people will have to resort to without work. Trying to makea living illegally, which is not the answer but maybe that went over you head because clearly you could give a donkey and just want to shine to say you did THIS FOR NORTH CAROLINA. WHATEVER

  • Crumps Br0ther Jun 20, 2:42 p.m.

    Impossible, unless you shut down anyone who sells soda, coffee, cigarettes, nevermind. "Drugs" mean the ones not approved by your dear government and FDA.
    AL-CIA-DUH

    The government isn't against drugs, they're just against your drugs!- Chris Rock

  • Minarchist Jun 20, 11:58 a.m.

    Make NC drug free
    Country Girlz Have MORE fun
    June 20, 2013 9:17 a.m.
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    Impossible, unless you shut down anyone who sells soda, coffee, cigarettes, nevermind. "Drugs" mean the ones not approved by your dear government and FDA.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jun 20, 9:17 a.m.

    Make NC drug free

  • jblake1932 Jun 19, 7:31 p.m.

    Somehow the HP reduced 5 jars down to one! I would have given them a hand on that one, if it was 'shine. I can almost hear Bill Monroe in the background, baby!!

  • dsdaughtry Jun 19, 5:26 p.m.

    moonshine? (he is from TN)

  • Scubagirl Jun 19, 5:15 p.m.

    and now they say it MIGHT NOT be meth.......hmmmmmmm lets see Tennessee, mason jars-my vote is moonshine but ......

  • bubbaredneck Jun 19, 5:12 p.m.

    He'll get dried out now!! 3 hots and a cot in the wake county hilton! Good bust guys!! Get all these low lifes off the street!

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