A 39-year-old Douglas man was recently charged after he allegedly managed to sneak suspected cocaine into a patrol car by stuffing the substance in his pants. At the time of his arrest, the suspect, Bobby Sharon Marshall, had only been out of prison for 18 days.
A Douglas Police Department report states that at 2:23 a.m. on May 12, an officer was patrolling south on Bowens Mill Road Southwest in Coffee County when he saw a car that "appeared to have non-functional lights." The officer said he then activated his in-car camera system and began following the vehicle.
The officer reported to have then seen the car moving towards Kellogg Drive without its rear lights on and without staying in its lane. The officer said he then initiated his patrol lights to stop the vehicle, a 2013 black Hyundai Sonata bearing a temporary Georgia tag.
However, the report states that the driver kept on driving while "moving around through the passenger side of the vehicle." After signaling right, the driver moved into the center turn lane, where it stayed until it turned left onto Loyce Lane and into a parking lot.
According to the report, the officer got out of his car and made contact with the driver, who was later identified as Bobby Sharon Marshall. He stated that just before he was able to introduce himself to Marshall, he “raised his voice toward him" and claimed that the officer had no reason to pull him over.``
The officer claimed that Marshall continued to yell as he attempted to explain the reason for the traffic stop. After being told by the police officer to exit the vehicle, Marshall complied.
The report says that the officer conducted a "terry frisk search" to ensure that Marshall did not possess any weapons, and backup arrived shortly after.
Marshall then reportedly told the officer he was unaware that he could stop in the center turn lane and claimed he was looking for a place to pull over. The officer stated that while speaking to Marshall, he noticed that "it appeared that he could not stand still and had to be in constant motion."
At this time, the officer checked the GCIC and NCIC database and learned that Marshall was on active felony probation. According to the report, "due to his driving and outward behavior," he told Marshall that he was being detained.
Marshall informed the police officer of his probation status and 4th Amendment waiver. The officer informed Marshall that he would be searching his person and vehicle due to the waiver. In response to being asked if he had "anything on him," Marshall reportedly responded that he "possibly had a crack pipe." However, the officer did not locate any contraband during either search.
The officer said he asked Marshall if he "had anything stuffed in his pants," and Marshall "paused but continued to claim he did not have anything."
When asked by the officer when he had last used crack, Marshall allegedly replied, "About two to three hours earlier."
Marshall was then transported to the Coffee County Jail and turned over to their staff. When he arrived, a second search was performed, and as they were walking Marshall over to the strip-search area of the facility, he "hit a row of chairs and knocked the entire row over." The officer reported that Marshall again began yelling and cursing at him.
After the search, according to the report, the officer returned to his patrol car, and when he looked down where Marshall had been sitting, he located "suspected crack cocaine right where the initial search by jail staff had been conducted."
Marshall has since been charged with possession of cocaine, crossing state or county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, or drugs without consent, and DUI. He also received citations for failure to maintain lane and defective or no tail lights.
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website, Marshall was just released from prison on April 24, 2023, following a two and a half-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine. The document also shows that Marshall was in prison on two counts of aggravated assault and robbery by intimidation from September 2006 until May 2013 and from June 2014 through May 2018.