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Traffic Stop Leads to Search Warrant


James D. Messer
James D. Messer
four police vehicles at scene of Tuesday's search warrant
scene of Tuesday's search warrant









At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010, the Cherokee County Sheriff's
Office conducted a traffic stop on 29 year-old James D. Messer, of Weir, for driving a vehicle with illegal registration.

During the course of the traffic stop, Messer was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Messer was arrested and transported to the Cherokee County Jail.

Information gathered during the course of the traffic stop then led investigators to obtain a search warrant for Messer's residence, located at 606 South Washington in Weir.

While searching the property, officers found items commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia items.

On Wednesday, August 4th, formal charges were filed in Cherokee County District Court.

Messer has been charged with possession of ephedrine or precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and several traffic violations related to the initial car stop.

Messer is being held in the Cherokee County Jail in lieu of $75,000.00 bond.


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