Bedford man issued a summons on drug charges during expired license plate stop

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was issued a summons to appear in court on charges of possession of meth and marijuana after a Bedford Police officer stopped his vehicle for an expired license plate Monday in the parking lot of Revere’s Food & Fuel.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the officer spoke to the driver 37-year-old Thomas Burton and his female passenger. 

Burton told police he was unsure of his driving status. He told the officer he was driving because his passenger was sick and couldn’t.

However, Burton told other officers different stories on where he was going. 

He was issued a citation for driving while his driver’s license was suspended.

Officers asked consent to search the vehicle, which Burton allowed. 

During a search of the vehicle, officers found a folded dollar bill that contained crystal meth in his wallet and a baggie that contained marijuana in the vehicle.

Burton told officers he had just traveled from Bloomington where he purchased the marijuana but they had smoked it all. 

He was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of possession of meth and marijuana.