Malik Jamal Freeman, 24 of Rome, is facing numerous charges after a traffic stop resulted in him attempting to conceal drugs in the back of a police car.

Authorities stated that Freeman was pulled over on Shorter Avenue at North 2nd Avenue for driving on an expired tag. During the traffic stop officers discovered that Freeman had been driving on a suspended license and there was no insurance on the vehicle.

Officer said that they placed Freeman in handcuffs and in the back of the patrol car. They went on to add that they detected an odor of marijuana coming from the suspect’s vehicle and a search was conducted. The search led them to locate a box of plastic baggies and a digital scale.

Arresting officer stated that they went back to the patrol car to speak with Freeman and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the back seat. It was then the officer stated they removed Freeman from the vehicle and searched the patrol car. Officer stated They seized a baggie containing a large amount of marijuana from behind the transport seat.

Freeman is charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, possession of drug-related objects, driving on a suspended license, driving with no insurance, and driving on an expired tag.