Blake Michael Stewart, 27, of Valdosta was arrested May 5, 2022, and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of tools for the commission of a crime – felony, tampering with evidence – felony, obstruction of a law enforcement officer (two counts), and possession of marijuana – misdemeanor, according to the Adel Police Department.
According to warrants taken in the case, during offense times between 1:54 p.m. and 3:54 p.m. May 5 at 1103 W. Fourth St., Adel, Stewart was in possession of 2,068 grams, or more than 4.5 pounds, of a crystal-like substance which field-tested positive for meth. Stewart had allegedly brought the meth into the state of Georgia. Warrants also state that Stewart had a glass Mason jar containing 18 small clear zip baggies, a black scale, and a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana.
According to warrants, during offense times between 7:44 p.m. and 8:51 p.m. May 5 at the same location, Stewart tampered with evidence by throwing his cell phone on the asphalt and attempting to stomp it twice. He also allegedly resisted arrest by two officers and would not comply with their commands.
On May 6, Cook County Magistrate Judge Stephen Chammoun denied bond (pretrial release) for Stewart. According to the judge’s order, “the accused poses a significant risk of committing a felony pending trial,” and he was already on parole/probation for felony charges, including possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance with intent to distribute and sale of methamphetamine. Also, “the accused has been charged with crimes under O.C.G.A. 17-6-1, of which this court does not have the authority to set bond.” The defendant may still seek bond in a hearing before a Superior Court judge.
According to information reported during the first appearance/bond hearing in Magistrate Court, Stewart has completed school through the ninth grade (GED), has resided six months at his current address, and is unemployed. He has requested a court-appointed defense attorney. The case is pending in Cook County Superior Court.