Traffic stop leads to confiscation of marijuana estimated at $100,000 street value


Greene County Deputy Jeremy Rancher is shown here with 65 bundles of marijuana he confiscated following a traffic stop near Knoxville.
Greene County Deputy Jeremy Rancher was on routine patrol on I-59/20 near Knoxville on Monday (12/20/10) when he noticed a jeep whose driver aroused his suspicion. He stopped the vehicle and quickly found three hidden compartments containing 67 bundles of marijuana.
According to Rancher, the drugs have a street value of approximately $100,000.
The driver, Andres Vargas, 38, and passenger Patricia Lopez, 24, were taking the drugs from Texas to Atlanta.
Other arrests made by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department included:
12/15 – Joe Dais, 25, of Forkland was arrested for contempt of court.
12/15 – Rico Ellis, 18, Eutaw, was arrested for disorderly conduct. He was released on a $500 bond.
12/17 – Anthony Hibbler, 32, of Boligee was arrested for child support.
12/18 – Luciano Carrillo, 22, of Birmingham was arrested for DUI.
Bonds issued included:
12/14 – Mary Pierce was released on a $1,000 bond for DUI.
12/17 – James Reese was released on a $1,500 bond for DUI.
12/17 – Troy Brown was released on a $1,000 bond for DUI.
Incidents reported to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department included:
12/13 – Crown Castle reported a burglary.
12/15 – The Sheriff’s Department recovered a stolen 4-wheeler from County Road 183.
12/15 – Mattie Hargrove reported a harassment.
12/15 – Algarita Hawkins reported a domestic violence assault.
12/15 – Abbie Lavender reported a theft of property. Taken were jewelry valued at $2,800; a Eurika Air Pump valued at $1,500; a S&W pistol valued at $1,000; a Remington .22 rifle with scope valued at $1,200 and a Marlin .22 rifle valued at $125.
12/15 – Larry Sandford reported a theft of property. Taken were tools and equipment, three cars – a Nova, Taurus and T-Bird; a 2.8 Chevrolet car motor; saws, drills and other items.
Robin Tutt reported criminal mischief. Someone damaged four of his Ranger tires.
12/17 – the Greene County Sheriff’s Department recovered a 1994 Chevrolet valued at $1,500 on County Road 170 at a residence.
12/19 – Mary Rochell Hicks reported a domestic violence assault II.
The Eutaw Police Department reported the following arrests:
12/10 – Estin Hill was arrested for criminal mischief III at a local club.
12/11 – Nicolas McGhee was arrested for DUI.
12/13 – Demetric Cain, 33, was arrested for attempting to cash a forged instrument.
12/15 – Josh Dunn, 23, was arrested for theft of property in an incident of shop-lifting at the ABC store in Eutaw. He is also charged with resisting arrest. Also arrested in the same incident was Michael Jones, who was charged with DUI.

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