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Ludowici arrest alleges morphine trafficking

POSTED: August 13, 2010 10:10 a.m.
A Waycross man recently was charged with illegally trafficking morphine after Ludowici police found drugs inside the suspect’s car during a traffic stop, said Ludowici Police Department Investigator Sal Genualdi.
Ludowici Police Department Officer Raymond Govero was patrolling Ludowici at around 3 a.m. Aug. 1 when, he said, he noticed a 1996 Crown Victoria speeding down Cypress Street, which has a posted speed limit of 45 mph. Govero said he clocked the vehicle going 75 mph.
The officer pulled the Crown Victoria over in the Royal Inn Motel’s parking lot and approached the driver, later identified as Jonathan Mims of Waycross. Govero said he detected a strong alcohol odor and noticed Mims’ speech was slurred. He also said the suspect appeared nervous.
The officer asked Mims if he was carrying any weapons and Mims said he had a knife under his shirt. Govero confiscated the weapon and asked Mims to take a breathalyzer test. The suspect agreed and the officer said test results were positive for the presence of alcohol.
Govero said he arrested Mims for driving under the influence and began to pat him down, at which time the officer discovered the suspect was concealing two clear plastic bags containing different types of pills.
Govero said he put Mims in the patrol car and called a poison control agency. An agency officer identified the pills as morphine and oxycodone. Govero said he searched Mims’ car and found a firearm in the glove box, which the suspect said was his.
Genualdi said Mims was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a controlled substance schedule two (one count for oxycodone and one count for morphine) and trafficking morphine — all felonies. He also was charged with speeding and DUI, both of which are misdemeanors.

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