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Traffic stop leads to drug bust

Thursday, September 12, 2002

A traffic stop resulted in the recovery of marijuana with a street value of $1,000 Sept. 4 in Mammoth Spring. The marijuana was found with the help of a trained drug dog during a vehicle search that led officers to a second drug bust the following day.

After observing a motorist swerving across the center line Mammoth Spring K-9 officer Jamie Turnbough made a traffic stop on the vehicle belonging to Edward Simmons of Mammoth Spring. Simmons and his passenger, Jesse Gardner, of Thayer, were arrested and transported to the Fulton County jail after the drugs were seized.

The search continued the following day and officers found marijuana, prescription medications, firearms and drug paraphernalia in a raid at Simmons' home.

Both men face charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, marijuana. Simmons faces additional charges of use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, said Chief Investigator Scott Russell of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Both men were released Sept. 6 after Simmons paid his bond in the amount of $10,000 and Gardner posted his bond in the amount of $5,000.

The investigation continues and more arrests are expected, Russell said.

"The entire incident began on the traffic stop where an alert officer and his K-9 partner reacted well. The K-9 and his partner are truly an asset to the citizens of Mammoth Spring and Fulton County as well," Russell said.

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