Smithville Police Stop Truck for Expired Tag and Find Marijuana

February 22, 2008
Dwayne Page

A 39 year old man was arrested Thursday night by Smithville Police after the officer found marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a routine traffic stop.

Chief Richard Jennings says David Leon Pirtle of 834 Gentry Avenue is charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana) for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $30,000 and he will be in General Sessions Court on the charges February 28th.

Chief Jennings says around 7:28 p.m. on Thursday Bradley Tatrow, the Smithville Police Department's K-9 officer, stopped Pirtle on Jackson Street after noticing a temporary tag that had expired on a 1994 Ford F-250 pickup truck that Pirtle was driving.

As Officer Tatrow inquired about the expired drive out tag, he noticed a book of rolling papers on the dash board of the vehicle. Upon receiving consent to search, he recovered five- quarter ounce bags of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. This was found in a metal tin box in the seat of the vehicle. A further search of the truck produced a box of clear plastic sandwich bags, two sets of scales, and more rolling papers.

Pirtle was arrested and charged and his truck was seized by the Smithville Police Department.

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