Traffic stop on I-65 leads to drug bust

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

From staff reports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A state trooper arrested a woman on felony drug charges Friday following a routine traffic stop on Interstate 65 in Marshall County.

Sgt. Wayne Dunkleman charged Twila S. Dixon, 26, of Madison, Tenn., with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver, and sell. Dixon also received a speeding citation.

Dunkleman stopped Dixon on I-65 north for violating the speed limit. While speaking with her, Dunkleman noticed marijuana on the passenger front seat. Meanwhile, Cornersville Police Chief Todd Bone stopped to assist. After further discussion with Dixon, the officers conducted a probable-cause search of the vehicle. Inside the rear hatch storage compartment the officers discovered approximately 50 pounds of marijuana packed into postal boxes. Dixon was arrested and transported to the Marshall County Jail.

Her bond was set at $60,000, but she was out of jail before 10 p.m. that night, having used both A-Action and Stoney's to raise the required sum.

"Every one of our state troopers is on the front lines in term of drug interdiction. We train our troopers to look beyond the ticket to detect possible criminal activity. Interdiction training is a priority in the Tennessee Highway Patrol. This training will help us interrupt the flow of drugs to and through our state and keep our citizens safer," THP Col. Tracy Trott said.