Man Arrested on Drug Charges, Allegedly Assaults Officer

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A Madison County Sheriff’s officer recently conducted a traffic stop in the area of Mount Vernon Road and Liberty Avenue in reference to verifying proof of insurance.

When authorities made contact with the passenger of the vehicle, the stop was relayed and the insurance was verified. The passenger, later identified as Garriss Leslie of Richmond, reportedly provided police with a name and Social Security number which did not belong to him.

When it was determined that Leslie was not who he claimed to be, the official advised him that it was illegal to give an officer false identifying information. Following this, Leslie was asked if he had an outstanding warrant.

According to the citation, Leslie did have an active warrant for his arrest, and had previously provided a relative’s information to the officer.

A search of Leslie’s person allegedly yielded a small amount of marijuana in his front right pocket. A K9 unit was then brought onto the scene, where a “conditioned response” to the odor of narcotics occurred.

Leslie reportedly admitted to having 11 Gabapentin pills in his backpack that were later found beneath in the floor of the vehicle. Police arrested Leslie on the strength of his outstanding parole warrant and the additional charges stemming from the traffic stop.

After being booked and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, a more thorough search was conducted on Leslie’s person. This resulted in a clear plastic baggie allegedly dropping from between his legs.

According to police, Leslie shoved a correctional officer across the room and flushed the alleged contraband flushed down a toilet.

Leslie has been charged with the following offenses: