On Tuesday, February 1st Marshall County Police initiated a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle in the area of US 31 and State Road 10.

The driver was identified as 37-year-old Joseph Alford of South Bend.  He was found to be operating a vehicle with a suspended license and also had an active warrant for his arrest.

Alford attempted to hide pills and marijuana upon entering the Jail. Officers located pills identified as narcotics within his waistband.

Joseph Alford was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Driving While Suspended, and held for an outside agency`s arrest warrant.

His cash bond was set at $1,500 and he will appear in Marshall Superior Court III on March 1st for his initial hearing.

Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.