State trooper seizes 2 kilos of cocaine, nearly $5k in cash

Conflicting stories flag suspicions during traffic stop

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

August 8, 2008 - State roopers arrested two Tennessee men Thursday caught transporting 2 kilograms of cocaine and carrying nearly $5,000 cash.

Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hogue stopped a Chevrolet Malibu at 7:33 a.m. Thursday at the 137 mile marker on Interstate 30 east for following too close to another vehicle.

The driver was identified as Eddie Louis Kinney Jr., 38, of Brownsville, Tenn., and the passenger as Jarell Dionte Bond, 21, of Nashville, Tenn.

The trooper became suspicious due to the driver's nervousness and the fact that the person who rented the car was not present. His suspicions were further flagged by Kinney and Bond giving conflicting stories about their recent travels. The driver said they had just come from Dallas and the passenger said they'd been in San Antonio, according to reports. Consequently, Hogue asked for and received permission to search the car.

The trooper found a large quantity of what he believed to be cocaine inside a backpack laying on the back seat of the car.

Hogue's report also stated that when the trooper tried to place Bond in handcuffs, Bond resisted by trying to spin around on Hogue, who was able to get control of Bond and to take him into custody without further incident. Bond was also found to be in possession of $4,880.

Both Kinney and Bond were charged with possession of a controlled substance and money laundering. Bond was also charged with resisting arrest.

Charles Walker with Winfield Police Department was noted to have assisted in the arrests.

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