NASHVILLE – Two men made their first appearance in circuit court after a drug arrest.
Joseph Sauls III, 34, of Nashville, and his father, Joseph Sauls Jr., 58 of Kansas, appeared in Howard County Circuit Court before Judge Charles A. Yeargan.
The judge advised the men of their rights and added that the State intends to file charges against them.
The men were arrested after a traffic stop on Jan. 3 for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The judge informed the two that their bonds (Joseph Sauls III’s – $200,000 and Joseph Sauls Jr. – $100,000) will remain.
According to a press release issued by Howard County Sheriff Bryan McJunkins, “Deputy Travis Turner stopped a car driven by Joseph Sauls III, on State Highway 355 – just south of Mineral Springs for a traffic violation. Sauls’ father (Joseph Sauls Jr., 58-years-old of Kansas) 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). The Sheriff’s Office seized the car, driven by Sauls III, the cash, and the [suspected] drugs.”
According to Prosecuting Attorney Bryan L. Chesshir’s office, the men will be arraigned Wednesday in Howard County Circuit Court.