Former Bama Track Athlete Briefly Escapes Tuscaloosa Police, Accused of Trafficking Cocaine
A member of the 2019-2020 Alabama men's track team was arrested after drugs were allegedly found in his possession during a traffic stop in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
According to a deposition obtained by the Tuscaloosa Thread, agents with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force were requested by officers with the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 920 Paul W. Bryant Drive, the address for Bryant Denny Stadium.
The deposition says officers made contact with the driver, 25-year-old Stephan Holcombe, after smelling marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. Holcombe stated there was a "blunt" located inside.
Officers conducted a search of the vehicle where they could not locate the marijuana but Holcombe reportedly pointed it out to officers, who continued to search the vehicle and located a pill bottle that contained six Hydrocodone pills inside of a bag.
Holcombe was then placed into handcuffs as one of the officers continued to conduct the search when a backpack was found that contained marijuana inside. Holcombe "took off running" and a foot chase was ensued, however officers lost sight of Holcombe.
The officer continued the search and found a plastic bag that contained cocaine inside of a pre-workout container. The cocaine and marijuana were found to both weigh 29 grams each.
The officer also found a digital scale and packaging materials along with the drugs.
The deposition states Holcombe was taken into custody a short time later at 2:05 a.m. where after being read his Miranda Warning, wished to speak. He told officers the pills were Hydrocodone and cocaine and that "he does not use any of the substances, but does not distribute them either."
The cocaine found did not have a tax stamp affixed to it, which is required by Alabama state law. The substance was also field tested by an agent with the WANTF and tested positive for cocaine.
The deposition states there was enough probable cause to arrest Holcombe with several charges, including unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, third-degree escape, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking and failure to affix a tax stamp.
Holcombe was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $157,500 bond. As of Monday afternoon, he was not listed as an inmate of the jail, which could indicate he was release on bond.
According to a University of Alabama athletic profile, Holcombe was a member of the 2019-2020 track and field team where he compete apart of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished eighth at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.