The officer stopped the vehicle near the intersection of U.S. 61 and Ross St. for exceeding the limit by 21 mph.

A man is behind bars after a traffic stop on U.S. 61 yielded a significant amount of drugs.

On Friday, Sept. 29, at about 10:20 p.m., the Palmyra police were patrolling U.S. Highway 61 for motorists exceeding the posted 55 mph speed limit and other hazardous moving violations. The officer checked the speed of a motorist traveling 76 mph in the posted 55 mph speed limit zone after passing four speed limit signs through a construction zone.

The officer stopped the vehicle near the intersection of U.S. 61 and Ross St. for exceeding the limit by 21 mph.

During the course of the stop, probable cause led officers to a search of the vehicle.  Allegedly located in the search was 4.1 grams of Ecstasy, 13.9 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $4,800 in cash.  A Marion County Sheriff's Department deputy assisted the officer in the search of the vehicle.

Quincy L. Hale, the driver, was arrested and placed on a 24-hour hold at the Marion County Jail.  

A warrant was issued by the Marion County prosecuting attorney David Clayton.  Hale is currently being held on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance.

His bond was set at $50,000 cash only.  Hale was also given a summons for speeding 76 mph in a posted 55 mph speed limit.