Man facing multiple charges after traffic stop

A Jasper man is facing multiple criminal charges after being stopped by police earlier this month. The vehicle that James Ryan Henderson, 31, was driving on Jan. 4 was pulled over by Jasper Patrol Officer Richard Mathura for a routine traffic stop. It ended with Henderson going to jail. Henderson, who was on probation at the time of the traffic stop, was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, trafficking in hydrocodone, first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and being a person forbidden to possess a firearm. Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe said Henderson had a large amount of hydrocodone pills in his vehicle, as well as $7,700 in cash.

“What he had in his possession was above the threshold for a trafficking charge,” Poe said. Henderson also had a handgun in the vehicle, in addition to several magazines of ammunition. Poe said Henderson is being held in jail because he was on probation at the time of the arrest. Poe credited Mathura and other Jasper patrol officers with making the arrest. “They did a great job and should be commended,” he said. “It was good to get this guy off the streets.”