Last Thursday night, while patrolling East Columbus, D.I.C.E. Officers Stephen Kemp and William Thrasher saw a car pulling out of the Burger King parking lot. The car, a dark colored 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, had no taillight, making the license plate hard to read. The officers pulled the car over at the intersection of South Browder Street and Short Brown Street, near Fairview Elementary.
While Kemp questioned the driver, Coty Grant, Thrasher talked to the passenger, Joshua Murry. During the talk, Thrasher saw a small bud of marijuana on the center console. When asked if it was weed, Murry answered, “Uhh…no.”
Both men were told to step out of the car. Once out, they were both arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance because neither one wanted to take responsibility for the bud. They were placed in separate cars while the officers searched the vehicle. Additional officers arrived on scene to assist with the search.
There was marijuana “shake” all over the floorboard of the car. [Shake is “The cruddy end bits of a large bag of weed” as defined by UrbanDictionary.com. – JD] Further searching of the Crown Vic led the officers to the trunk. When they opened the lid, they were greeted by a very strong odor of fresh reefer. Digging through the trunk, Kemp found a red plastic cup with a screw-on lid. Inside the cup was a plastic baggie containing roughly 10 grams of cannabis.
The trunk was just as littered with “shake” as the interior of the vehicle, so the officers dismantled the sizable speakerbox to look inside. They found no more weed, but did find a digital pocket scale and several shotgun shells tucked in various corners of the trunk.
The vehicle was towed and both men were taken to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. They were charged with Possession of Marijuana in a Vehicle.