Police arrest three for marijuana possession
A routine traffic stop Monday netted Selma police more than five ounces in marijuana, more than $1,200 in cash and produced three arrests.
Police arrested Jasper Johnson, 26; Homer Davis III, 26 and Marshariki Harrison, 27, and charged them with unlawful possession of marijuana first degree.
“Detective Jeffery Hardy pulled over a 2001 Lincoln LS near Plant Street and the bypass,” Sgt. Doug Stewart said. “He approached the vehicle and the driver, Jasper Johnson, did not have a driver’s license, but using his name through [National Criminal Intelligence Service] Hardy found he had an outstanding warrant for contempt of court.”
Hardy noticed a green leafy substance he believed to be marijuana was stuck to Johnson’s shirt and also a strong marijuana-like smell.
Hardy called the canine unit, and the dog’s reaction indicated drugs might have been in the vehicle.
Officers found 10 clear, plastic bags of marijuana in a blue bag located in the car.
“The car was towed to a local wrecker’s storage and a second search was performed by the canine,” Stewart said. “The search produced another bag of marijuana.”
A small scale was also found during the searches.
Officers also confiscated $1,075 from Harrison and $285 from Johnson — $211 on his person and $74.65 in the vehicle’s trunk.
Police placed Johnson, Harrison and Davis in the Dallas County Jail under $20,000 bonds.
Johnson has a hold for court and Davis has a hold for Marshall County for an outstanding warrant.
If convicted of unlawful possession of marijuana first degree, they could face one year and a day to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.