CPD confiscates 40 pounds of pot

Friday, October 16, 2009
Photo submitted Marijuana confiscated during a traffic stop turned drug bust is displayed on the hood of a patrol car.

CORNERSVILLE - The police chief and a highway patrol trooper confiscated 40 pounds of marijuana Tuesday morning from a car stopped on South Main Street where the driver and his passenger were arrested.

Charged with possession for delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free school zone are James Earl Bragg Jr., 26, Murfreesboro, and Tamira Thomas, 24, Atlanta, Ga. His bond is $250,000. Hers is $100,000. They were still in jail Thursday morning.

Police Chief Todd Bone stopped the couple after Bragg allegedly passed a car driving at 29 mph, Bone said. Bragg drove across the double center lines. While speaking with the driver, the chief could smell marijuana, he said.

One of the state's drug-sniffing dogs was brought to the scene and indicated that illegal drugs were in the car. They were found in a duffle bag on the back seat with Thomas.

Assisting Bone was Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Wayne Dunkleman.

The traffic stop was at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. The couple was in custody by about 8:15 a.m. Bone drove the marijuana to the state crime lab in Donelson, leaving the suspects in the Marshall County Jail.

The car was reportedly a rental vehicle with rental papers from an office in New Mexico.

Bragg and Thomas are due in Marshall County General Sessions Court on Oct. 27.