DCSO nabs drug trafficker

Published 3:33 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Decatur County Sheriff’s Office arrested Scott Bardwell on Monday for trafficking methamphetamines, after a local business found a sock of methamphetamines he left behind.

Investigator Adam Mobley reported that Bardwell was pouring concrete on location before employees arrived and noticed a Verizon tablet box had been left behind. Employees opened the box, where they found a large sock and realized methamphetamines were inside. They took it to the owner of the business, who called Mobley.

Mobley arrived not expecting such a large quantity. What he found was the second largest amount of methamphetamines he said he has ever recovered. The sock contained 280 grams.

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Mobley began taking statements from everyone, and it didn’t take him long to discover Bardwell was the one at fault. He asked Bardwell if he had a tablet that would match the Verizon box. Bardwell explained he did have a tablet in his truck, but he didn’t think it would match. Mobley asked for permission to search the tablet, which Bardwell agreed to. Upon approaching the car, Bardwell quickly changed his mind and Mobley arrested him and took him to the Sheriff’s Office and also towed the vehicle there.

Mobley wrote a search warrant of the vehicle, where he found the tablet that matched the Verizon box and additional methamphetamines.

Mobley said they are unsure if he was selling it. They believe he was just here for a contracting side job, although he does have some family in the area.

Due to the amount of methamphetamines, Bardwell’s offense has been classified as a Tier two and Mobley said if a jury finds him guilty, he will serve a mandatory amount of years in jail.