VERNON - A Vernon man is being held on a $69,000 bond after reportedly attempting to toss 45 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office reports Deputy Landon Fries was patrolling the area of County Road 277 and Pioneer Road Wednesday when he observed a vehicle with an expired tag traveling on CR 277. As the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle continued to travel northbound at a low rate of speed for approximately one and a half miles, during which time the deputy observed the passenger, later identified as Alex Payne, 27, of Vernon, putting on a jacket.

According to reports, as the vehicle came to a stop in the southbound lane of CR 277, Payne quickly exited the vehicle and begin to run to the front of the car. As Payne approached the front of the car, the deputy observed him throwing a bag into the wood line.

Payne, who was immediately placed under arrest, was searched and found to be in possession of two small bags of methamphetamine, a digital sale, and a used hypodermic needle.

A short time later, during a search of the immediate wooded area, a Washington County Drug Task Force investigator located a bag containing approximately 45 grams of methamphetamine and two individual bags of marijuana. A search of the vehicle also resulted in the discovery of additional hypodermic needles.

Payne was transported to the Washington County Jail and booked on the charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting officer without violence.

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews asks that anyone with any knowledge of crimes being committed contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing: tips@wcso.us