Sunday, June 14, 2015 | 5:06 PM
On May 31, 2015, Bear Creek Police Officer Greg Pinkard conducted a traffic stop on a 1994 Mercury Marquis after observing two traffic violations- no seat belt and no turn signal. The driver was Clinton Blake Albright of Haleyville. The vehicle was traveling south on State Highway 13, turning left onto Marion County Highway 62. Once the vehicle stopped, the driver put his hands out the window. Officer Pinkard approached the vehicle and the driver had a loaded Glock 40 caliber sitting right beside him. At this time, Chief Shane Whitten pulled up on the scene. The driver was asked to exit the vehicle and was placed in hand cuffs for his safety and the safety of the officers.
The officers noted there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Chief Whitten asked Albright if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, and he stated no but also denied the officers permission to search the vehicle. Chief Whitten advised Albright that they had probable cause to search due to the odor of the marijuana coming from the vehicle. Albright stated there were a few roaches in the ashtray. In the back seat was a black and blue backpack, and Albright told officers there was a half-pound of marijuana in the backpack. In the backpack was close to a half pound of marijuana in various containers and a vacuum-sealed bag. There were also some small bags with marijuana. There were ten Oxicodon and a set of scales in the back pack as well. In addition to the drugs, officers also found a loaded 9mm handgun in the backpack. In the passenger floorboard, officers found a black money bag with $3,980 cash in it. Officers then found two bongs for smoking marijuana and a loaded 22 caliber rifle in the trunk of the vehicle. Albright also had $68 cash in his pocket.
Clinton Blake Albright was charged with possession of marijuana in the 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Chief Whitten and Officer Pinkard will be meeting with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Attorney General on federal charges in this case. Chief Whitten has also filed to seize the vehicle, guns, and money from this traffic stop.