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Two arrested, 100 pounds of marijuana seized in routine traffic stop

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Two people from Kentucky were arrested on felony marijuana charges after a routine traffic stop by troopers early Saturday morning yielded 100 pounds of marijuana.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joseph Hogue stopped a silver Dodge Intrepid at 3:25 a.m. Saturday at the 134 mile marker on Interstate 30 for speeding. As he approached the car, Hogue noticed the passenger light a cigarette and the driver exited the car.

The driver — Thomas W. Sprowles, 44, of Campbellsville, Ky. — told Hogue the car was owned by the passenger, his sister Genia Fay Sherrill, 48, who listed the same address. He was very nervous and claimed to have been in Mesquite for three days visiting his family.

Hogue, in arrest reports, noted he could smell a very strong odor of marijuana inside the car as he made contact with Sherrill. She too was nervous and said she and Sprowles had stayed at a motel in the Dallas area while visiting family members.

Due to the overwhelming odor of marijuana in the car, Hogue searched it. He found about 100 pounds of marijuana in the trunk. The woman claimed ownership of the pot, stating she’d paid $575 per pound in Dallas from a source and intended to sell the marijuana, according to arrest reports.

Both Sherrill and Sprowles were charged with possession of 50-2,000 pounds of marijuana. Bond was set at $100,000 per individual on the second-degree felony charge, according to jail reports.

 

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