Man initially pulled over after failing to stop at an intersection while riding a bicycle
Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Jason Morris allegedly concealed methamphetamine in his mother’s prescription capsules.
By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – A man who was pulled over by police for failing to stop at a stop sign while on a bicycle was allegedly found to be hiding methamphetamine for sale inside his mother’s prescription medication.
Jason Lee Morris, 41, of Safford, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on June 10 on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and promoting prison contraband.
According to a Safford Police report, an officer noticed Morris fail to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 9th Street at about 12:45 p.m.
Morris, who is already on probation for a previous drug case, was found to have 21 yellow capsules in a clear ziplock bag. Morris said the pills were her mother’s prescription medication, and indeed the markings on the pills listed them as gabapentin, which is used to prevent and control seizures.
The officer felt it odd that Morris was carrying around his mother’s prescription medication in a plastic bag, and upon opening one discovered it contained methamphetamine. The rest of the capsules also contained methamphetamine, prompting the officer to believe they were packaged for sale in the pill itself.
Morris was then taken to jail and booked on the meth charges. While being processed, however, a jail staff member discovered a baggie of marijuana inside Morris’ underwear. Since that is a prohibited substance in the jail, he was given the additional charge of promoting prison contraband.