Traffic stop yields 45 lbs. of marijuana
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 17, 2007 - A traffic stop on Interstate 30 by drug interdiction officers resulted in one felony arrest and the seizure of 45 pounds of marijuana early this morning. 

Deeric Bryan Crutchfield, 19, of Clarksville, Tenn., was arrested just before 3 a.m. for possession of more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana, a third-degree felony offense. Sulphur Springs Police Lt. "Buddy" Cleve Williams was credited with the arrest. SSPD Sgt. Jason Ricketson assisted.

Williams stopped a Pontiac Grand Am with Texas plates at 2:51 a.m. after seeing the vehicle speed past the 117 mile marker. Williams detected a strong odor of burned marijuana as Crutchfield let down the passenger’s side window of the car. Crutchfield was the lone occupant of the rental car.

�I talked to him about what he was doing,� Williams said. �The car was a rental car, but he didn�t rent it and couldn�t tell me who had rented it, but said it was his cousin. That lead to a search.

Ricketson, who had arrived as a cover unit, retrieved the keys from the car and opened the the trunk. He immediately noticed a box containing several vacuum sealed, compressed bundles of marijuana. The substance was seized and Crutchfield arrested for possession of marijuana. When placed on a scale, it was determined to weigh about 45 pounds.

�� � According to Williams, the substance would bring about $20,000 on the street in Texas and about $50,000 � or $1,200� a pound � in Tennessee.

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