For the want of a tag light two men face a total of nine charges, according to a Commerce Police Department report.
An officer reported seeing at 3:30 one morning a heavily loaded truck go by with an inoperative tag light, so he pulled it over.
When he ran the driver’s information, he learned that Jimmy Marlow, 43, 51 Merk Road, Maysville, had two outstanding warrants for probation violation and was driving with a suspended license. The officer also charged him for the tag light violation, for having no flag on a projecting load and for having an unsecured load.
That was small potatoes compared to the charges levied against the passenger in the truck, George Eric Brock, 49, of 843 Historic Homer Highway, Homer.
Searching the vehicle, officers allegedly found a green pill bottle under a hat on the passenger side of the truck. The incident report said the bottle contained one oxycodone, four hydrocodone and 13 morphine pills. In addition, the search turned up a black magnetic container containing a glass tube, a small clear bag and white powder suspected to be cocaine.
The officer charged Brock with two counts of drug possession related to narcotics and one count of prescription drugs not in their original container.
The report said Brock admitted ownership of the illegal drugs.