According to information provided by officials at the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Jonathan Chadd was helping the Brazil City Police Department investigate a vehicle leaving the scene of a reported physical altercation when he believed he spotted a vehicle matching the description turning off South Ringo St. onto Mechanic St.
Because a gun was reportedly involved in the incident, Chadd requested backup while continuing to follow the suspect vehicle north on Alabama Street until it stopped in an area near Coal Street.
As a safety precaution, Chadd activated his cruiser's lights and ordered the suspect to lie on the ground.
When backup arrived, officers performed a "pat down search" on Clifford J. Burrows, 27, Turner, and located a baggie containing marijuana in his pocket. After Burrows was taken into custody and placed in handcuffs, officers found a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette inside a cigarette package on his person.
When Chadd looked inside Burrows vehicle, he could see a baggie containing a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine lying in plain sight on the driver's side floorboard.
Upon a more in-depth search of the vehicle, officers located a black box containing scales, a glass smoking pipe with white residue on it wrapped in a paper towel and another baggie containing several individually wrapped packets of a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine.
Burrows was transported to the Clay County Justice Center and booked on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana in an amount less than 30 grams.
Chief Deputy Rob Gambill explained to The Brazil Times the presence of the scales and individual packets of alleged methamphetamine was the reason Burrows was charged with dealing methamphetamine.
The case has been turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for review.
Jail officials confirmed that Burrows remains incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed while awaiting formal arraignment per the court calendar.