Clinton man faces drug charges

CLINTON — A Clinton man is facing 13 charges, including 10 drug charges, resulting from a traffic stop last week.

Trever R. Mahaffey, of Clinton, is charged with five counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug, three counts of felony drug tax stamp violation, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of interference with official acts, one count of driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway and one count of stop sign violation.

A press release states that at 8:26 a.m. June 7, Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann observed a van driving erratically on North Second Street in Bellevue. Kettmann conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 300 block of North Second Street. The driver continued several blocks prior to pulling over. The release states the driver made several suspicious movements within the vehicle during that time, according to the press release. Mahaffey was identified as the driver of the vehicle.

Kettmann detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from Mahaffey and the van. Mahaffey continued to attempt to reach into a duffle bag, the press release states. Kettmann and Bellevue Police Chief Lyn Schwager attempted to secure Mahaffey in handcuffs. Mahaffey pulled away and fled on foot. Kettmann and Schwager chased Mahaffey for several blocks. Mahaffey had to by physically restrained by Kettmann, Schwager, and several private citizens to be taken into custody.

The release continues that the Jackson County Sheriff's Office K-9 alerted on the vehicle, indicating the presence of drugs in the van. The K-9 discovered a white plastic grocery bag hidden under some leaves. The bag contained marijuana and pills that had been hidden by Mahaffey as he ran, police said. A search was conducted of the vehicle. A total of 22.2 grams of a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana, 220.5 pills, many of which were identified by a pharmacist as scheduled controlled substances without prescriptions, and various drug paraphernalia items were located, the press release states.