|Troopers seize 145 pounds marijuana, arrest four|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Oct. 17, 2005 - Department of Public Safety troopers arrested four out-of-state residents on felony charges after finding nearly 150 pounds of marijuana in their vehicles during two separate interstate traffic stops over the weekend.
State troopers Corey Kernell and Trent Price are credited with the first stop which yielded 125 pounds of marijuana and three felony arrests. The troopers stopped an eastbound Oldsmobile Aurora just before 2 a.m. Sunday at the 135 mile marker for following too clos to another car.
The driver, 29-year-old Akartis Lorenzi King of Anderson, Ind., was noted to be nervous and to exhibit other criminal indicators. King gave information which conflicted with that given by the passengers — 25-year-old Edika Robinson of Marion, Ind., and 23-year-old Gene M. Broomfield of Indianapolis, Ind. — about their trip. Robinson was also said to be nervous and evasive with her answers to troopers. Based on those clues, the troopers asked to search the vehicle for contraband but King refused.
Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Buddy Williams was contacted to bring his canine, Atos, to the location to search around the vehicle. The dog gave a positive alert on the trunk, where officers found duffel bags containing approximately 125 pounds of marijuana.
King, Robinson and Broomfield were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and later released from the county jail after posting $75,000 bond set for each on the charge.
Trooper David Reynolds made the second traffic stop and subsequent arrest about 12 hours later. Reynolds stopped an eastbound Chevrolet Trail Blazer just after 2 p.m. Sunday near the 128 mile marker for driving 75 in 70 mile per hour zone. The driver, 54-year-old Donnie Lee Cooks of East St. Louis, Ill., told Reynolds he had driven to Dallas on Saturday to look at dump trucks, but was unable to tell the troopers where he had gone to look at the trucks nor what kind of truck he was looking for.
Acting on suspicion of illegal activity, Reynolds asked Cooks for permission to search his sport utility vehicle. Cooks agreed and was arrested after Reynolds found about 20 pounds of the illegal weed in four bundles and Cooks was arrested for felony possession of marijuana. He remained in the county jail awaiting arraignment early Monday.
Troopers also cracked down on drunk driving, arresting a 53-year-old McKinney man and 30-year-old Dallas man for driving while intoxicated following two interstate traffic stops in Cumby Saturday, and arrested a 20-year-old Sulphur Springs man and a 43-year-old Sulphur Springs woman Sunday for drunk driving Sunday.
The Dallas man was also charged with no liability insurance and no driver’s license. A 39-year-old McKinney man was also charged with public intoxication. The Sulphur Springs woman was involved in a non-injury accident on FM 1537 and her blood-alcohol content was found to be more than twice the legal 0.08 limit. The Sulphur Springs man added minor in possession of alcohol to his charges after troopers found more than a dozen 12-ounce cans of beer in the bed of his truck