THOMASVILLE — A Thomasville man with four pounds of marijuana — worth more than $10,000 — in his vehicle was released from the Thomas County Jail Wednesday on a $4,600 bond.

Michael A. Gardner, 915 Magnolia St., was driving the maroon Honda Accord Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division agents were alerted to Monday night. An informant told lawmen a large amount of marijuana would be hidden in the car.

The vehicle was to be en route to Thomasville from Tallahassee, Fla. Agents set up surveillance on U.S. 319 South near Sinkola Drive.

The northbound Honda appeared an hour and 15 minutes after agents received the tip.

Gardner was driving. A passenger was released when it was determined he was not involved in the drug transport.

A search of the vehicle produced a marijuana-filled black gym bag in the trunk.

“Inside was a garbage bag containing about four pounds of marijuana,” said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice division commander.

Gardner is charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute. The drug, if sold at $40 per quarter ounce, had a street value of about $12,000.

The compressed marijuana had been taken from a large brick.

“It was loose inside the trash bag. It was cut into pieces,” the commander said.

Gardner would not name his source for the midgrade commercial pot, other than to say he bought it from someone in Tallahassee.

Lee considers the haul more than for personal consumption.

“You usually don’t start off with four pounds your first go-round,” the officer explained. “That kind of weight usually shows you he’s a dealer and not a user.”

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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