Judge John Jackson approved bond reduction request Tuesday

An Iowa man charged with drug possession following a traffic stop was granted his request for a bond reduction during an arraignment hearing in the Marion County Courthouse in Palmyra on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Quincy Hale, of Des Moines, Iowa, appeared with Defense Attorney E. Rex Bradley before Judge John Jackson for arraignment. Jackson granted Hale's request for a bond reduction, reducing the $50,000 cash-only bond to a $50,000 cash or surety bond. Hale posted bond Wednesday Oct. 11, according to online court records. Hale is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance stemming from a September traffic stop.

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.

Hale's preliminary hearing is similar to an amended trial to determine probable cause that a crime was committed, and the defendant has the right to waive the hearing Jackson scheduled the hearing for 1:30 Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Palmyra Courthouse.