Two arrested after trooper finds 48 lbs. of marijuana
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Nov 28, 2007 - Another routine interstate traffic stop by state troopers netted 48 pounds of marijuana and two arrests Tuesday evening.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Reynolds is credited with the bust and subsequent arrests. He stopped a Ford F350 pickup just after 5 p.m. Tuesday at the 135 mile marker after noting the truck did not have mud flaps as required.
When he asked for the driver’s identification, the man gave him a name and date of birth that turned out to be fictitious. He also
didn’t have a valid license. As a result, the driver, 33, of El Dorado Ark., was arrested at 5:20 p.m. for failure to identify and driving while license invalid.
The pickup was determined to belong to the passenger, identified as 36-year-old Michael Kevin Turner of Magnolia, Ark.
According to reports, the trooper detected what he knew to be a marijuana odor coming from the area of a toolbox located in the bed of the truck. When Reynolds asked about it, Turner reportedly said his girlfriend had marijuana in the truck earlier. A probable cause search turned up 13 bricks of what appeared to be marijuana in the toolbox, the trooper noted on arrest sheets.
Turner took responsibility for the contraband and was taken into custody for possession of more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana, a felony offense.The marijuana weighed about 48 pounds, according to arrest reports.