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Cops Seize 1,000 Lbs. Of Marijuana

By Guest · Feb 2, 2005 ·
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    Officers Seize Marijuana

    By John Lyon

    times record • jlyon@swtimes.com

    seized more than 1,000 pounds of suspected marijuana in two traffic
    stops on Interstate 40 in Crawford County on Sunday and Monday.

    first stop occurred about 12:16 a.m. Sunday, when Van Buren police Cpl.
    Mike Bowman stopped a Ford Ranger pickup between the 1- and 2-mile
    markers of eastbound I-40, a police report states. Bowman stopped the
    vehicle for speeding.

    After Bowman’s
    canine partner, Nero, alerted on the vehicle, Bowman conducted a search
    and found a little more than 400 pounds of suspected marijuana in the
    camper shell, according to the report.

    driver, Patricia R. Avery, 55, of Virginia Beach, Va., was arrested on
    suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession
    of drug paraphernalia, driving with an expired driver’s license and
    having no proof of insurance.

    At 1:26
    a.m. Monday, Cpl. Olen Craig of the Arkansas State Police stopped a
    pickup that was towing a trailer between the 4- and 5-mile markers of
    eastbound I-40, according to a state police report. Craig stopped the
    vehicle for having no license plate light on the pickup or the trailer.

    receiving conflicting statements from the driver, Patrick Henry Alston,
    40, and the passenger, Shannon Ivory Alston, 39, both of Littleton,
    N.C., and after a drug-sniffing dog alerted on the trailer, Craig
    conducted a search and found between 600 and 800 pounds of suspected
    marijuana in hidden compartments under the trailer, the report states.

    The Alstons were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.


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