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Police: Drugs found in passenger's crotch area after traffic stop

Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photos of Arthur Clayton (left) and Starr Davis
Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photos of Arthur Clayton (left) and Starr Davis

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A traffic stop led to a felony drug arrest on Sunday, after officers with the Gainesville Police Department found a package filled with drugs hidden in the crotch area of a female passenger.

Starr S. Davis, 34, was riding with Arthur L. Clayton, 41, when Clayton was pulled over for speeding, unlawful tint and because the car's registered owner had a suspended driver's license. The officer smelled marijuana in the car, and Clayton initially gave the officer a false name, police said.

When another officer arrived who knew Clayton's true identity, Clayton got out of the car and placed his hands behind his back to be handcuffed without being asked, police said.

Davis then consented to being searched and officers found a package in her crotch area, which turned out to contain a prescription bottle with 12 grams of crack cocaine, a clear baggie with 0.2 grams of wet cocaine, 18 clear baggies with a total of 5 grams of powder cocaine, and one clear baggie with 3 grams of MDMA, which is a Schedule I controlled substance. When officers found the package, Davis attempted to flee but was caught and arrested.

Davis is on probation for felony driving on suspended/revoked license, giving false information to a law enforcement officer and resisting without violence. She was arrested Sunday and charged with violating her probation, possession of drug equipment, resisting without violence and three felony counts of possession with intent to sell withing 1,000 feet of a church. She is being held without bond.

Clayton is being held on $20,900 bond on his 10th charge of driving on a suspended/revoked license, giving false information to a law enforcement officer and child support charges. Because he is a habitual offender Clayton's traffic charge is a third-degree felony.