CLEARFIELD – One of two men arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 80 revealed drugs in their vehicle had a hearing on Wednesday at Centralized Court.
Daryl J. Taylor, 26, was arrested with Michael Joseph Amodeo on March 27. According to the Cpl. Douglas Clark of the state police, he was on interdiction duty when he clocked truck doing 75 miles-per-hour in a 65 zone.
After running Taylor’s documentation Clark learned that Taylor was driving under a suspended license. He testified that he did not cite Taylor for speeding but instead for driving under suspension. Clark said that as he initially approached the vehicle he noticed three speaker boxes and bags in the bed of the truck that set off indicators to Clark.
Clark also testified that most people get nervous when they are pulled over, however that nervousness tends to subside after they learn the outcome of the traffic stop. Clark said that Taylor’s nervousness did not subside, however.
After the initial stop Clark told Taylor he was free to go then asked to speak with Taylor, who agreed. Clark questioned him on his trip, and said that he received a consent to search the vehicle. Taylor told Clark there was a gun in the vehicle, which it turned out was a stolen .45 magnum from Arizona. During the search Clark said that he discovered about 40 pounds of suspected marijuana in Taylor’s bag.
Taylor is in Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. His co-defendant, Amodeo, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He is also in CCJ in lieu of $250,000 bail. Both men had all charges held to court. Taylor is charged with receiving stolen property, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a controlled substance, and related charges. Amodeo is charged with intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, delivery of a controlled substance and related charges.
About 10 grams of crystal methamphetamine, paraphernalia and $4,219 in cash were also reportedly found, according to a police report related to the incident. Testimony did not indicate that Taylor was in possession of those items.