A Jackson man was arraigned Monday morning on drug trafficking charges after being arrested last week at a Jackson hotel.
Jeremy Sherrod Eckford, 24, who is out on a $20,000 bond, is facing charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Eckford was out on bond before his arraignment Monday morning in Jackson City Court. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 10.
According the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit and an affidavit of complaint, investigators served a narcotics search warrant at Room 216 of the Days Inn, located at Hollywood Drive. Eckford had rented the room and had left prior to the investigators arrival.
As investigators searched the hotel room, they found about 142.1 grams (five ounces) of marijuana, a digital scale and materials for packing drugs.
The affidavit said as investigators were collecting evidence in the room, Eckford and another man pulled up to the hotel. Eckford had a Days Inn room key, which was taken as evidence, in his pocket and the hotel management confirmed it was the room key to Room 216.
Eckford was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail.
This is not the first time Eckford has faced drug charges.
In June, Eckford was sought was sought in connection with another drug investigation.
On June 5, investigators from the unit, in conjunction with the Multi-Jurisdictional Violent Crime and Gang Task Force, served a narcotics search warrant at 1160 Hollywood, Apartment 657 in west Jackson, which is the home of Eckford and Stormy Di-Jon Hicks, 20.
The unit said officers entered the residence and found Hicks inside the bathroom. The search of the residence revealed approximately 19.9 grams (3/4 ounce) of crack cocaine, approximately 29.8 grams (1 ounce) of powder cocaine, approximately 639.2 grams (1.4 pounds) of marijuana, a loaded .40 caliber handgun (which was reported stolen), a loaded .380 caliber handgun, digital scales, packaging materials and $6,981 in U.S. currency.
Hicks was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex but Eckford was not at the residence.
The amount of drugs seized has an estimated street value over $5,600, the release said. Electronics equipment and the $6,981 in U.S. currency are believed to be the proceeds of drug sales and were seized under the civil forfeiture laws of the Tennessee Drug Control Act.
The unit said anyone with additional information about Friday’s case or any other drug activity can call the Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit at 731-424-6485 or CrimeStoppers at 731-424-8477.