Drug interdiction officer seizes 79 lbs. of marijuana in Interstate 30 stop

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 28, 2008 - Local drug interdiction officers seized nearly 80 pounds of marijuana early Sunday morning following a routine traffic stop.

Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Ricketson stopped a 2008 Chrysler Sebring at 12:46 a.m. Sunday at the 136 mile marker of Interstate 30 for a traffic violation.

The driver, identified as 31-year-old Sheldon Antuan Carr of Memphis, Tenn., appeared unusually nervous while talking to Ricketson, arousing the officer's suspicions. Ricketson asked Carr for permission to search the Chrysler. When Carr refused, Ricketson retrieved his canine partner Barry from his patrol car.

The dog conducted a "sniff search" around the car to see if he could detect a whiff of contraband. Barry gave a positive alert on the trunk of the car. When Ricketson opened the trunk, he found what was later determined to be 79 pounds of marijuana.

The Sebring was impounded and Carr was arrested at 12:50 a.m. Sunday. He was charged with the second-degree felony possession of 50 to 2,000 pounds of marijuana.

State troopers also made a misdemeanor marijuana seizure Saturday night.

A 20-year-old Weatherford, Okla., man and an Alba woman, 19, were in a vehicle stopped at 11 p.m. on State Highway 154 south for no license plate light. Troopers noticed a strong perfume odor which seemed to have been used in the car to try to mask another odor.

Both the driver and passenger were nervous and gave the trooper conflicting stories when questioned. A search of the car turned up three bags of marijuana.

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