Almost $10,000 seized after marijuana found in car trunk

Two Kentucky men face felony charges

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Aug 21, 2007 - Breaking the speed limit led to the arrest of two Kentucky men on felony drug charges and the seizure of close to $10,000 in cash this morning.

Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Buddy Williams, working as a drug interdiction officer, stopped a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier for speeding at 12:24 a.m. on Interstate 30 about 10 miles west of the city limits.

It didn't take long to figure out something was amiss — for one, the smell of raw marijuana coming from the car was strong.

For another, "The passenger had what I thought was marijuana residue on his shirt," Williams said this morning.

The officer got consent to search the car and found 10 pounds of marijuana in a duffel bag in the trunk. Also in the trunk was a substantial amount of cash — $9,750 worth.

Arrested were the driver, Faron Gordale Pittman, 23, of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Vohaunce Latron Murphy, 30, of Radcliff, Ky. The men, who both said they were unemployed, were charged with third-degree felony possession of marijuana. They remained in the county jail this morning.

The money was seized under forfeiture laws that allow law enforcement agencies to take possession of money believed to be the proceeds of a felony act.

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