Deputy, K-9 net 62 pounds of suspected marijuana during traffic stop


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    SUBMITTED PHOTO | The Nashville News

    Howard County Deputy Travis Turner and his K-9, Kilo, proudly display the 62 pounds of suspected marijuana and $8,250 in cash they confiscated during a traffic stop Sunday evening.

    Howard County Sheriff
    Travis Turner stopped a
    car driven by Joseph Sauls III (34-years-old, of Nashville)
    joseph robert sauls
    on State Highway 355 –
    just south of Mineral Springs
    Sunday evening for a traffic
    violation. Sauls’ father (Joseph Sauls Jr., 58-years-old of Kansas)
    joseph sauls mug
    was the passenger
    in Sauls’ car. Turner was
    assisted by Howard County
    Jailer/Reserve Deputy Kevin
    Rodgers, who was riding
    with Turner at the time of
    the stop. Turner smelled an
    odor coming from the car
    and Sauls that lead Turner
    to suspect they had been drinking. Turner then noticed
    a very strong odor of unburned marijuana coming from
    inside the car.
    Turner searched the car with the Sauls Jr. and Sauls III
    outside the car. Turner handcuffed Sauls Jr. during this
    search. As Turner’s search near the trunk area of the car
    (behind the back seats) Sauls III ran away from the traffic
    stop while still handcuffed. Turner caught Sauls III quickly
    and walked him back to Turner’s patrol car. Turner found
    several trash bags along with duffle bags and backpacks in
    the trunk of Sauls’ car. Turner also found a large amount of
    cash in the front console of Sauls’ car ($8,250). Inside the
    bags in the trunk were approximately (62 pounds of processed
    marijuana, compacted into bricks or small bales).
    Sauls Jr. and Sauls III were arrested and transported to
    jail. The Sheriff’s Office seized the car, driven by Sauls III,
    the cash, and the drugs.
    The two were arrested for Possession of Controlled
    Substance (Marijuana) with the purpose to deliver; and
    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. No bond has been set
    at the time of this press release. The two are expected to
    have a court appearance in Howard County Circuit Court
    Wed. Jan. 6.

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