A Huntsville man was arrested after attempting to destroy 2.5 grams of methamphetamine in his possession Thursday afternoon.

Police were on patrol near the Skippers Gas Station, located in the 100 block of Interstate 45 S around 3:30 p.m., when a vehicle ran through a stop sign. Officers stopped the vehicle and say the suspect – identified as George Powell III, 47 – was acting overly nervous.

Officers asked Powell to exit the vehicle and were given consent to search him. Police say during the search, they felt a lump and Powell began to try and conceal the object and crush it. Officers recovered the item and identified it as methamphetamine.

“This was great work by our officers,” HPD Lt. Jim Barnes said. “Police become nervous when people search their pockets and that happened to lead us to the drugs.”

Powell was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence. He was taken to the Walker County Jail on $9,000 in bonds, but has posted bond and been released.