Police arrest three for marijuana possession

Published 6:06 pm Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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.