Interstate traffic stop nets 9 pounds of cocaine, 3 arrests

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 8, 2007 - Sulphur Springs police drug interdiction officers arrested two Chicago men and a Wisconsin man on felony charges after finding 9 pounds of cocaine in their car early this morning.

Photo Courtesy SSPD

Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Ricketson (far right) assisted by Lt. Cleve Williams and his canine partner Atos, took three men in custody early this morning after finding 9 pounds of cocaine packaged in tightly-wrapped bundles in a concealed compartment in their car, which was seized. 

The incident began at 12:02 a.m. when Sgt. Jason Ricketson stopped a Pontiac Grand Am at the 130 mile marker on Interstate 30 east for a traffic violation. The driver was identified as Aaron Dawayne Shedwick, 30, of Wis., and the two passengers as Ralph Scott, 30, of Markham, Ill., and Michael Johnson, 30, of Chicago, Ill.  

After becoming suspicious, Ricketson requested to search the red 2001 model car. Lt. “Buddy” Cleve Williams had arrived and retrieved his canine Atos, from his patrol vehicle to conduct a sniff search around the car. When Atos alerted, the officers commenced to conduct a probable cause search of the car. They located 9 pounds of cocaine, packaged in tightly wrapped bundles, in a hidden compartment inside the vehicle accessible by a switch.

All three occupants – Shedwick, Scott who also uses the alias Ray Jones and Johnson – were arrested at 12:32 a.m. for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine, a first degree felony charge punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and a $10,000 fine. The dope was seized as evidence, and the car was seized for forfeiture procedures. 

All three men were arraigned on the first-degree felony charge later Tuesday morning, then released after bondsmen secured $100,000 bond for each man.

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