Drug agents are not surprised to find methamphetamine labs on the back seats of vehicles, but a recent traffic stop revealed a crack cocaine operation.
Lawmen found everything necessary to convert powder cocaine into crack cocaine, said Kevin Lee, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division commander.
Agents learned Friday night that Shondriquez James had left a U.S. 319 North residence and was headed to Thomasville. James would have cocaine in the Toyota he was driving, an informant told officers.
A deputy patrolling in the area was asked to be on the lookout for James and stopped the Toyota on 319 a short time later.
The deputy, who previously worked in narcotics/vice, knew James had been arrested for drugs in the past.
“In the vehicle was a plastic bag that had several tin cups containing white residue that tested positive for cocaine,” Lee said.
Also found was a box of baking soda, a whisk and a small propane tank with a burner affixed to the top.
“It was very obvious to us that he or somebody hooked up with him is converting powder cocaine into crack cocaine,” the commander said.
Officers found $3,600 in U.S. currency on the car seat next to the cups.
James, 33, 201 Cherokee St., is charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute.