Joint effort of local law enforcement results in meth arrest of two Bloomfield men

BEDFORD – Two Bloomfield men were arrested this morning when Bedford Police officers were called to the Super 8 motel after a report of two males possibly involved in the sale of illegal drugs.

When officers arrived they found a red Pontiac Grand Am with two males inside. As the officer approached the vehicle one male exited the vehicle and went into the motel. That male was 21-year-old Cody Riley, of Bloomfield.

Cody Riley

Officers then spoke to the driver.  The driver was 44-year-old Jeremiah Scruggs of Bloomfield. In his lap was a torch lighter and other items associated with the use of meth.

Jeremiah Scruggs

Scrugg told police he had driven the male that exited the vehicle to the motel to meet his girlfriend. 

Officers also noticed the vehicle did not have a license plate. Scruggs told the officer he had recently purchased the vehicle and provided the officer with the proof of registration. 

Scruggs denied the officers request to search the vehicle.

In the meantime,  a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department officer and his canine Dusty arrived. Dusty alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle. 

An officer contacted Cody Riley and requested him to come outside and speak with the officers while the vehicle search was being conducted.

Officers located a black magnetic lock box under the seat that contained crystal meth residue.  Both Riley and Scruggs denied the items belonged to them.

Scruggs and Riley were arrested on a charge of possession of meth and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. 

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