Traffic stop leads to drug arrest of Panama City man

A traffic stop leads to the arrest of a Panama City man  after discovering drugs during a traffic stop for a suspended license.

Stanley Lavar Ashe, 40, was found to have a suspended driver’s license after he was observed by members of the Panama City Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit near the intersection of Highway 77 and Highway 231.

During a traffic stop, SCU officers detected a strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle.

In the subsequent probable cause search, officers discovered a backpack that contained approximately 30 grams of cocaine, 18 pressed pills containing fentanyl, multiple bags of methamphetamine and marijuana packaged for sale.

In addition, officers discovered a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver.

Ashe was charged with trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in cocaine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, unlawful use of a two-way communication device and driving with a suspended license. He was booked into the Bay County Jail.

Ahse has 10 previous felony convictions on multiple charges.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Panama City Police Department at 850- 872-3100, or they can report tips anonymously via smartphone by downloading the “Panama City PD” Tip411 app from the iOS or Google Play stores.


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