WALTON COUNTY— A traffic stop for a stop sign violation led to the arrest of a Miramar Beach man following the discovery of illegal drugs.


Around 1 a.m. Tuesday, deputies patrolling the area of County Road 30A witnessed the driver of a white Toyota Tacoma run a stop sign at County Road 283 South, according to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.


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The deputy pulled over the vehicle and made contact with the driver, 26-year-old William Maxwell Edwards, who immediately became confrontational. Deputies could see marijuana in plain view inside the truck cab and could also smell the odor of marijuana, the release said.


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When asked, Edwards denied the presence of illegal drugs inside the vehicle.


The vehicle was searched and located inside was approximately 14 grams of cocaine, more than 50 Xanax pills, 70 alprazolam pills, $7,645 in U.S. currency, more than four pounds of marijuana, seven glass jars of THC wax, two boxes of THC oil for vaping, and various drug paraphernalia, according to WCSO.


In addition, six empty alcoholic beverages were found throughout the vehicle along with a partially full alcoholic beverage in the door panel.


Edwards was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


He was also issued two traffic citations for failure to stop and open container, the release said.


Edwards was booked into the Walton County Jail. He is awaiting first appearance.