Ala. Sheriff Finds 176 Fentanyl Pills — Inside Easter Eggs

Jamarious Dequan Qualls is charged with drug trafficking and unlawful possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance

<p>Colbert County Sheriff

Colbert County Sheriff's Department

Jamarious Dequan Qualls (R) was arrested following the seizure of 176 fentanyl pills inside two Easter eggs (L), according to the Colbert County Sheriff's Department.

A golden Easter egg led to an unlikely drug bust after Alabama law enforcement agents made a traffic stop Monday morning, April 1.

Investigators found 176 fentanyl pills stuffed inside two plastic eggs, according to a Colbert County Sheriff's Office press release, which included a photograph of the bagged drugs alongside the opened eggs.

Colbert County Drug Task Force agents stopped Jamarious Dequan Qualls in Tuscumbia, Ala., at around 11:45 a.m. Easter Monday, and asked to search the man’s vehicle, per the sheriff’s office.

During the search, the agents allegedly determined that Qualls, 29, had outstanding warrants for his arrest on misdemeanors in another city in the county, the release says.

<p>Colbert County Sheriff's Department</p> The Colbert County Sheriff's Office allegedly found 176 fentanyl pills inside two Easter eggs April 1.

Colbert County Sheriff's Department

The Colbert County Sheriff's Office allegedly found 176 fentanyl pills inside two Easter eggs April 1.

As the drug agents placed him under arrest, they allegedly located the two Easter eggs – one metallic gold, the other orange – per the press release and photographs authorities released of the drug seizure.

Investigators also found a plastic bag with 10 ounces of the synthetic cannabis known as “spice," the release alleges.

Qualls, of nearby Franklin County, is charged with the trafficking of illegal drugs and unlawful possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, per his online booking information.

He was booked into Colbert County Jail Monday afternoon and held on a $150,000 bond.

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The Colbert County Circuit Court clerk’s office confirmed the fentanyl-trafficking related charges but said that no court date had yet been entered into their system as of Wednesday afternoon, April 3.

Qualls did not have a lawyer listed in the case of the fentanyl-stuffed Easter eggs, but he is being represented by Daryl Moon in a separate drug case from 2023, according to the clerk’s office.

In that earlier case, Qualls had been placed on a pretrial diversion program for two counts of possession of a controlled substance last year.

That previous criminal case would have been dismissed if Qualls paid court costs and prosecutor fees within a two-year period, according to the clerk’s office.

Moon tells PEOPLE he has not been retained to represent Qualls in connection with his recent arrest and he declined comment.

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