Drugs found in vehicle land Alabama police officer, wife in jail

Published 8:56 am Wednesday, October 7, 2020

An Alabama police officer and his wife were arrested during a traffic stop in which drugs were found inside their vehicle, according to authorities.

Birmingham police stopped a car with occupants Barry Erskine Stamps, a 56-year-old Hoover police officer, and Mary Stamps, 34, for speeding and failure to signal along an interstate at around 3 p.m. Monday, the agency said.

Barry Stamps identified himself as a law enforcement officer during the stop, and officers confiscated 27 grams of cocaine, five grams of marijuana and two handguns from the vehicle, police said.

The Hoover Police Department confirmed in a statement that Barry Stamps was arrested. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, officials said.

“No one is above the law and criminal activity by police officers will certainly not be tolerated,” Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said in a statement.

Barry and Mary Stamps were charged with possession with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Birmingham police.

The two were held at the Jefferson County Jail. It was not immediately clear whether they had attorneys who could comment for them.