Troopers find 1 pound meth ice concealed in car
Arkansas pair charged
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 9, 2005 - Another routine interstate traffic stop by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Corey Kernell landed an Arkansas pair in jail for possesion of a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday Kernell stopped a white Toyota Camry for following too close to other vehicles on eastbound Interstate 30.

The driver was identified as Elcedric VL Dedner, 24, of Ogden, Ark., and 19-year-old Lavera Pershell Hankins of Texarkana, Ark., was identified as the passenger.

While speaking with Dedner, the trooper noted him to be nervous. Kernell also noticed several air fresheners hanging from the rearview mirror of the vehicle, which he knew to be tactics often used by individuals attempting to conceal the odor of illegal substances, making the trooper suspect criminal activity.

The trooper’s suspicions were further roused by Hankins, who Kernell noted in arrest report to be “overly friendly.”

When the pair gave inconsistent stories to the trooper, Kernell asked for consent to search the car. Dedner gave his permission and the trooper began a thorough check of the car. 

Kernell arrested both Dedner and Hankins for possession of more than 200 grams of a controlled substance after discovering approximately 1 pound of “ice” methamphetamine concealed under the hood between the battery and air cleaner.

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