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Car stop results in crack bust

ALBANY -- A traffic stop for an unlighted license plate turned into a crack-cocaine bust at 11:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Oakridge Drive and Radium Springs Road, a Dougherty County Police Department report stated.

Demecko Mathis, 28, was caught by county police after fleeing from his Dodge Stratus on foot, the report said. Rock cocaine was found on him and the case was turned over to the Albany-Dougherty County Drug Unit, the report added.

"He had 13.5 grams, or a little more than an ounce of crack on him. At $100 a gram, that is more than $1,300 worth of crack," said Maj. Bill Berry, drug unit commander. "He said he also swallowed some, so we took him to Palmyra (Medical Center) at his request."

An officer was posted at the hospital until doctors at the hospital released Mathis Tuesday morning, Berry said. Mathis was then transported to Dougherty County Jail and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, he added.

On investigation Mathis also had outstanding warrants for probation violation and simple battery, Berry said.

Mathis was in jail Tuesday evening in lieu of $3,700 bail, a jail spokeswoman said. In addition to the drug charge, he faces obstruction of police, attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving without a license and other vehicle violation charges, she added.