Man's abrupt surrender alerts police, leads to drug find

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 30, 2011

By Nathan Hardin
A Salisbury man put his hands out the window immediately during a traffic stop Thursday night, triggering suspicion from Salisbury officers.
According to a Salisbury Police report, Police Interdiction Team (PIT) officer Wanda Gibson stopped Jerome Collins Jr. in the 300 block of South Shaver Street for not having a tag light.
After approaching the 1994 Cadillac Seville, Gibson reported that Collins had already put his hands out the window; a bag of white powder could be seen in the back seat.
Before being questioned, Collins told Gibson that he did not have a license and she could search the car.
Officers said the vehicle had a strong smell of marijuana.
After questioning Collins and his 17-year-old passenger, Charles Coleman, Gibson said Coleman admitted that the cocaine in the back was his and that he had an additional six bags of marijuana in his underpants.
Collins was cited for no license and given a verbal warning for his tag light.
Coleman was found in possession of 10 grams, or .35 ounces, of marijuana, the report said. The cocaine was listed at less than a gram.
Coleman was charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana.
He was released after posting a $2,500 bond.