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No seat belt turns into drug arrest

A traffic stop on a man not wearing his seat belt turned into a drug arrest.

On Monday, Selma police officers arrested Montief Bolling on a charge of possession of marijuana, first-degree, and possession of a controlled substance.

After the officers stopped the suspect and began talking to him, they smelled a strong odor of what seemed to be marijuana coming from the car, said Sgt. Doug Stewart, administrative division commander for the Selma Police Department.

“Officers questioned the driver about the odor and he stated that acquaintances had been smoking in his vehicle earlier and then gave officers permission to search,” Stewart said.

Officers checked the driver for safety reasons and discovered what appeared to be crack cocaine and marijuana on the driver. The suspected drugs have a value of $3,115, according to Stewart.

Bolling was taken to the Dallas County Jail to make bail.