Arkansas man arrested after routine traffic stop on I-30; 12 pounds of marijuana seized

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 20, 2007 - An Arkansas man traveling along Interstate 30 ended up finishing out the night Monday in the county jail on marijuana charges. His arrest came as a result of a routine traffic stop by police interdiction officers

Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Ricketson was credited with the arrest.

Ricketson stopped a black 2003 model Toyota Camry with Arkansas license plates at the 142 mile marker on Interstate 30 east at 11:27 p.m. Monday for a defective license plate light and speeding. The driver, a black male, was identified as Courtney Patrick Ellison, 30, of West Helena, Ark.

After speaking to Ellison, Ricketson asked for permission to search the car. When Ellison refused to allow the officer to search the car, Ricketson retrieved his canine partner, Barry, from his interdiction car.

Canine Barry alerted on the trunk of the car, and once the trunk was open on a duffel bag inside of it. A search of the duffel bag turned up quite a bit of green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

Ellison was arrested at 11:38 p.m. by Ricketson for possession of marijuana. His vehicle was towed and the duffel bag full of weed seized. The marijuana weighed approximately 12 pounds, resulting Ellison being charged with third-degree felony possession of more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana.

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