Police in Tuscaloosa have charged a local man with trafficking after he was allegedly found with 2.3 pounds of marijuana at an area gas station, according to court documents obtained by the Tuscaloosa Thread.

In a deposition filed Wednesday, agents of the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force said they were tipped off about a man in possession of a large amount of drugs at a gas station in Cottondale.

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On Tuesday, agents traveled to the Texaco gas station on University Boulevard East and located 34-year-old Timothy Joe Patton, who reportedly already had an active warrant for a probation violation.

Agents located Patton at one of the pumps and could allegedly smell marijuana coming from inside of his vehicle.

Upon search of the car, agents located 2.3. pounds of marijuana, a suboxone strip, a fentanyl patch and a .40-caliber Glock handgun. Patton also failed to have a tax stamp affixed to the marijuana, which is required according to Alabama law.

Patton was arrested and charged with felony trafficking, two counts of unauthorized possession of a controlled substance, tax stamp violation and illegal possession of a firearm on a combined bond amount of $1,050,000.

Patton was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail. He remained booked there Thursday morning.

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