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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.




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