Three arrested after traffic stop in Jefferson County

Jefferson County deputies have charged three men after a traffic stop Thursday.

Investigators say just before 3 p.m., a deputy on patrol in the area of 13th Avenue Northwest in Center Point conducted a traffic stop of a car failing to stop at a stop sign. The car was occupied by three suspects. Upon speaking with the driver, the deputy recognized him as 21-year-old Demarco Gray of Birmingham. The deputy says he was familiar with him because he had arrested him before. When asked for identification, Gray told the deputy he had none, but said his name was Deonte Beck and gave a date.

The deputy asked the other two occupants for identification. A warrant check revealed 21-year-old Demarco Gray had three outstanding warrants for probation violations for distribution of a controlled substance. The front seat passenger, 22-year-old Justin Grant of Birmingham, was found to have an outstanding misdemeanor warrant with another jurisdiction. The rear passenger was identified as 26-year-old Woodrow Embry of Birmingham.

Each were removed from the car and searched. Deputies found 35 individual bags of heroin on Gray and a small bag of prescription pills. Embry was found to be in possession of 12 bags of heroin and 27 bags of cocaine. Grant was found to be in possession of money, but no controlled substances. Justin Grant was turned over to Trussville police for an outstanding warrant. Demarco Gray was taken to Jefferson County jail for the outstanding warrants along with new charges of trafficking heroin, obstructing justice, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Due to probation violations, he has no bond. Woodrow Embry was charged with unlawful distribution of controlled substances, unlawful possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He posted $16,000 bond and was released.