Officers walked the three men out to the vehicle they had arrived at the CPD in and, according to reports, when Smith opened the door to the vehicle to get inside the officers were overwhelmed by the smell of rawmarijuana coming from inside the vehicle and Smith reportedly got into the car quickly and shut the door.
One of the officers knocked on the window and Smith reportedly opened the window for them. One officer leaned towards the window and reported that as he did so the smell of marijuana got stronger and stronger the closer he got to the car. Smith was asked to step out of his vehicle due to the smell and he complied, according to reports.
Officers asked Smith if therewas anything illegal inside the vehicle belonging to him and Smith allegedly told the officer “no.” Jefferson was asked the same question and he reportedly hesitated for a moment before allegedly telling the officer that he had a bag of marijuana inside the vehicle. When asked where it was he allegedly pointed officers in the direction of the trunk.
Smith was asked to open the trunk of the vehicle and he reportedly complied. When the trunk was opened Jefferson was asked to get the marijuana and he did so, pulling a clear plastic bag that reportedly contained approximately 2.4 ounces of a green leafy substance out of the trunk.
Dudley was then asked if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle that belonged to him and he reportedly said there was not. The officers began to search the vehicle and discovered a small book bag in the back seat that contained another clear bag of what officers believedwas marijuana— roughly 1.8 ounces of it. In the same bag officers reportedly found a black Fly 300 digital scale.
In the glove compartment of the vehicle officers located another small bag of what they believed was marijuana but when asked by officers, all three men reportedly denied ownership of the stash inside the glove compartment.
All three men were placed under arrest. During the search of Jefferson, officers reportedly found a digital scale and $612, as well as a small bag of suspected marijuana. Jefferson was charged with bringing contraband across a guard line.
Smith, Jefferson and Dudley were all charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and transferred to the Newton County Detention Center.