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Arrests lead to drug charges

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By Alice Du Pont

A high-speed chase and a short foot-chase ended Feb. 8 with a wrecked vehicle and the driver arrested on drug charges on Ben Bostic Road just outside the Quincy city limits. Tony Lee Murphy, 36, was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding police officers, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, reckless driving and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

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In addition to the drugs, officers reportedly found a brown paper bag in Murphy’s left front pocket containing $3,900 and in the cargo pocket of his left front, officer found $832.

According to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Rodney Moore received an anonymous telephone call that Tony Lee Murphy was headed to a convenience store at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Pat Thomas Parkway for a drug transaction. Moore parked his vehicle in the parking lot of another business and watched the parking lot until the vehicle matching the description he had been given arrived.

The driver turned onto several city streets, reportedly nearly causing several accidents due to running stop signs and travelling at a high rate of speed. At one point, on Ben Bostick Road, the driver turned off the head lights nearly hitting several other vehicles. Near Atlanta Street, the driver opened the door and jumped out while the vehicle continued south until it crashed on the south shoulder of Atlanta Street and Ben Bostick Road.

Investigators Moore and Alexander gave chase on foot and cornered Murphy at a residence on Ben Bostick Road, a short distance from where the car crashed.

N Two days earlier, on Feb. 6, a mother and son were arrested on drug charges after a search warrant by the Gadsden County Drug Task Force was executed at their home on Brumby Street in Quincy.

Arrested were Demontrell Sanders, 24, and his mother, 51-year-old Delvonia Maltrese Brandon.

Sanders was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Brandon arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and owning or renting a structure or vehicle where drugs are manufactured.