Traffic Stop on I-20 in Leeds Yields Heroin and Oxycodone

Publish Date: August 31, 2017
Written by: Joni Money
Categories: News

On August 30th at approximately 1:30 AM, Deputies with the Jefferson County Highway Safety Unit attempted to stop a Silver Toyota Camry on I-20 near Leeds.  The vehicle was a rental car with Florida license plates.

The vehicle slowed down but failed to come to a complete stop until it reached the entrance of the Grand River Shopping Center in Leeds. While continuing to roll, the passenger began throwing small packages from the passenger side window.

As Deputies approached the vehicle, they observed the passenger, 35 year-old Jarvas Burns, attempting to dispose of evidence. As Burns was being detained, it was discovered that he was concealing something in his mouth.  Deputies asked Burns to spit out the contents, which was found to be several pills.  During the course of the investigation, a large bag containing 248 Oxycodone Tablets, 82 Heroin Tablets, 45 Xanax and a small amount of marijuana was recovered.

Burns is currently being housed in the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham. He is facing charges of Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Oxycodone, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances and Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree.  His bonds total $203,300.

The driver of the vehicle was questioned and released.


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