THOMASVILLE -- If a Thomasville man had buckled up, he might not have been the subject of a cocaine bust late Sunday night.

Rodney Bernard Hollis, driving a 1985 Buick Century, was eastbound on West Jackson Street a few minutes before 11 p.m. Sunday when a Thomasville police officer on patrol noticed the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

After the officer pulled Hollis, 31, over in the 100 block of West Jackson, he asked him if he had been smoking marijuana. According to a police incident report, Hollis said he smoked marijuana Sunday.

As officers tried to pat the suspect's outer garments, Hollis resisted and with both hands grabbed a flag pole on the sidewalk. He had to be pulled from the pole to be handcuffed.

In Hollis' pockets, officers found a large bag continuing about 2 1/2 ounces of powder cocaine, said Guy Winkelmann, commander of the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division.

The cocaine would have had a street value of about $7,000.

Also found in one of he suspect's pockets was a large plastic bag containing marijuana. Winkelmann said officers also found crack cocaine.

Hollis, 1619 A. Sherrod Road, is charged with trafficking cocaine, marijuana possession with intent to distribute and obstruction by resisting.

"This case will be handled federally because of the amount (of cocaine)," Winkel-mann said.

A trafficking charge is brought when more than an ounce of cocaine is involved.

In other activity, narcotics/vice agents also charged Willie Bernard Stewart, 23, 351 Glem Drive, with trafficking cocaine.

Agents were looking for Stewart on East Pine Tree Boulevard, when the suspect approached driving a 1985 Pontiac Parisienne and pulled into a restaurant parking lot.

In the vehicle, Winkelmann said, agents found a plastic bag containing a large crack cocaine cookie and a pill bottle containing many pieces of crack cocaine.

Also seized was $558 in cash.

Almost $1,000 in cash was seized in the arrest of Ulysses Daniels, 39, 2114 Main St., Barwick, after agents executed a search warrant at Daniels' residence.

"We got him with with four large bags of marijuana, four smaller bags of marijuana and seven dime bags of marijuana," Winkelmann said.

Also, agents found a bag containing powder cocaine.

"We also found another pill bottle of crack cocaine and another 21 bags of marijuana," the commander said.

According to Winkelmann, the suspect admitted selling marijuana and told agents he had bagged the contraband for sales at various prices.

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