Conflicting tales after traffic stop help land two in jail on drug charges
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

January 30, 2004 -- An early morning traffic stop on Interstate 30 landed two Richmond, Va., men in jail on charges of possession of more than one pound of cocaine. The arrests followed a routine traffic stop by Hopkins County sheriff's deputy Adam Herrmann just before 2 a.m. today.

Herrmann said it was the same old story -- conflicting stories -- that led to the discovery of the illegal drug.

"One story was they drove to Dallas yesterday morning to drop a friend off who was going to Kuwait and they were returning," he said. "The other one said they had been [in Dallas] a couple of days and were just goofing off before driving back."

As the passenger in the car was being frisked for possible weapons, the man attempted to run away from the officer.

"I gave chase, caught him and found the cocaine on his person," Herrmann said.

After the brief foot chase, Jabali Allen, 30, was placed on the ground and handcuffed and Herrmann found the reason the man attempted to flee.

The deputy said Allen had a paper food container from a pizza restaurant concealing what was later determined to be 545 grams, or 1.20 pounds, of a substance that field-tested to be cocaine. The street value of the cocaine was estimated to be more than $55,000.

Allen and Roderick Parker, both 30, were arraigned later Thursday morning before Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King, who set bond at $100,000 for each of the men on charges of possession of a controlled substance. An additional $1,000 bond was set for Allen on a misdemeanor charge of evading arrest or detention.

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