A routine Interstate 30 traffic stop Tuesday by state troopers resulted in recovery of 41 pounds of marijuana and a felony arrest. State trooper Zach White is credited with the arrest.
White stopped a Toyota Corolla just before 7 p.m. on Interstate 30 in Hopkins County. The driver was identified as 53-year-old Willie Donald Hatchett of Houston.
During the stop, White noted Hatchett to be very nervous. Hatchett had no identification on him, but claimed to be driving the car from Houston to Arkansas for a friend. The owner of the car, unfortunately, was not present in the vehicle. A records check later showed Hatchett had a suspended Oklahoma driver’s license, according to arrest reports.
When Hatchett refused White’s request to search the car for contraband, he called for another Department of Public Safety trooper to bring his canine to the location. Canine Vori conducted the routine sniff search, alerting to a narcotic odor in the car. A search yielded 41 pounds of weed in the trunk.
Hatchett was arrested for possession of more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana. The car was impounded, according to arrest reports.
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