Traffic stop nets one arrest for marijuana

Published 5:35 pm Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Crenshaw County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man on possession of marijuana charges after a routine traffic stop.

On June 26, Investigator Ronnie White and Deputy Jerry Pritchett stopped a vehicle on 6th Street in Luverne due to a seat belt violation. However, according to the incident report, Investigator White said that he smelled marijuana inside the vehicle.

“I asked the driver to step to the rear of the car, and it was then that I saw marijuana seeds on the seat,” White said.

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During this time, Deputy Pritchett noticed that the passenger, LaTrail McGhee, tried to hide something between the seats in the front of the car.

After McGhee was removed from the vehicle, Pritchett discovered the bag of marijuana from between the seats. McGhee was then arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On June 25, Investigator Ronnie White and Deputy Mason Adcock discovered a 1987 blue Chevy truck behind an abandoned house on Osborne Road in Lapine. After running the tag number, the vehicle was discovered to be stolen out of Montgomery County. Baker’s Towing in Luverne took possession of the vehicle and carried it back to their facility where it was made available for Montgomery officers for further investigation.

On June 18, at approximately 11:39 a.m., ADT Security notified Crenshaw County E-911 of an alarm going off at a residence on Petrey Highway in Luverne. According to the sheriff’s report, the door appeared to have been kicked in; a computer tower and keyboard were taken, while the monitor and printer were left behind.

“It looks like the alarm scared the suspect off before anyone arrived on the scene,” Investigator Ronnie White said.

Investigator Earl Thompson also responded to the scene. No one was home at the time of the burglary. The case is still under investigation.