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June 8, 2011

HPD nets another drug bust

Police seize $13K in drugs this week

HUNTSVILLE — Huntsville police seized an estimated $13,000 worth of street drugs this week after two major busts led to the seizure of a total of 26 pounds of marijuana.

A routine traffic stop turned into an arrest when Officer Blane Rodgers detected the odor of marijuana coming from a white Dodge Magnum.

A police K9 unit was called in to search the vehicle and indicated there were drugs in the vehicle. Eventually police located nine bundles of marijuana weighing nearly 11 pounds.

Jay D. Marshall, 21, and Jeremy L. Reed, 23, who were initially pulled over for failing to use a signal, face third-degree felony charges of possession of 11 pounds of marijuana.

Marshall and Reed are from Blytheville, Ark., and were headed home after visiting family in Willis. If convicted, they face 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

This was the second major drug bust within three days for Huntsville police.

This past Friday, HPD teamed with the Walker County Sheriff’s Department to seize more than 15 pounds of marijuana during a raid at the Watkins-Clark homes, which yielded the arrest of three suspects and the confiscation of other drugs and a weapon, according to police.

Local officers also assisted in a federal sting operation, which led to the arrest of an Eastham Unit correctional officer June 1. The suspect was allegedly witnessed carrying a duffle bag filled with a kilogram of heroin, according to federal officials.

An anonymous source tipped off the FBI and Texas Rangers that a correctional officer was selling drugs to inmates in Trinity County.

Officer Rodgers described the recent success of the police department as good timing, saying he was in the right place at the right time to make the arrests and drug seizure Monday.

During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, City Manager Bill Baine commended law enforcement for their efforts to get illegal drugs off the streets.

“If you want to be in that business, go somewhere else,” Baine said.

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