|Four arrested over weekend on drug charges|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Oct. 8, 2004 -- State troopers arrested two Illinois men and a Tennessee couple over the weekend on felony drug charges stemming from two separate Interstate 30 traffic stops.
Price Leon, 60 and Robert Perry Collins, 68, both of Chicago, Ill., were charged by state trooper David Reynolds at 10:30 p.m. Saturday with possession of more than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, a second-degree felony offense. Collins was also charged with evading arrest or detention.
The pair was stopped at 10:04 p.m. Saturday at the 137 mile marker after Reynolds observed the eastbound Pontiac driven by Price to be traveling 71 miles per hour in a 65 mph speed zone. Price immediately got out of his car and was noted to be extremely nervous, according to trooper's reports.
Price's story regarding their trip conflicted with that given by Collins. The driver's description of the luggage in the trunk of the car was also suspicious, prompting the trooper to ask for permission to search the car.
Price gave his consent but Collins, who had rented the vehicle, denied the trooper's request. At that point Reynolds called for a canine to search around the vehicle for contraband. While awaiting the arrival of the canine, Collins ran from the scene and was apprehended by State Trooper Kenneth Adams at the 139 mile marker on I-30.
The canine gave a positive alert on the vehicle, giving the troopers probable cause to conduct a search of the car. In the trunk, troopers located two duffel bags, which were found to contain two bundles of what appeared to be marijuana tightly wrapped in cellophane and dryer sheets. The bundles weighed a total of 60 pounds.
Both Price and Collins were charged with possession of marijuana, and Collins also with evading arrest. Collins was released Sunday from the county jail after posting $50,000 on the felony charge and $1,000 bond for evading arrest. Price was released on $50,000 bond at just before noon Monday, according to jail reports.
Troopers Reynolds and Brandon Stribling were credited with the arrests of Yvonne Shepard, 25, of Humbolt, Tenn., and of Chad Harold Cates, 27, of Nashville, Tenn., on felony marijuana possession charges Sunday night.
The troopers stopped a Ford Mustang driven by Shepard at 11:10 p.m. Sunday at the 132 mile marker on Interstate 30 for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, the troopers located six bundles of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana packaged in clear plastic bags behind the passenger seat of the vehicle.
Both Shepard and Cates were booked into the county jail where on charges of possessing of more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana.
Both were released from the county jail around noon Monday after posting $10,000 bond each on the third-degree felony charge.