Police: Suspect found with cocaine following traffic stop

Jefferson Garrett, 70. (Photo: Odessa Police Department)

ODESSA -- A man was arrested after police say he tried to get rid of a bag of cocaine during a traffic stop.

Jefferson Garrett, 70, has been charged with Manufacture or Delivery of Cocaine, a 3rd Degree Felony, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, a 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering with Physical Evidence, a 3rd Degree Felony, and Parole Violation Warrant for Murder, a 1st Degree Felony.

According to the Odessa Police Department, their officers were in the 900 block of North Lee on Wednesday afternoon when they pulled over a car.

That's when police say the front passenger, identified as Garrett, got out of the car and tore open a bag of white powder. He then tried to spread dirt on it.

Garrett was taken into custody and the powder was confirmed to be 18.1 grams of cocaine. Police say they also found meth and a handgun in Garrett's possession.

An investigation of Garrett revealed that he was a convicted felon and that he had a parole violation warrant for murder.

Garrett was then charged and arrested accordingly.