January 21, 2004 -- Posted at 4:25 p.m. CST
POPLAR BLUFF--Police officials in Poplar Bluff had no idea that a routine traffic stop off of the Highway 67 bypass would net a Texas fugitive.
Early Saturday morning Poplar Bluff Police Officer Corey Mitchell made a routine traffic stop on the Highway 67 bypass and pulled over Cornett Meekins and his companion Stefany Campus, both of Tyler, Texas. The pair acted suspicious and were not able to show identification or tell Officer Mitchell where they were headed.
Suspicion caused 9-year-veteran Mitchell to bring in Officer Argo, and the canine cop sniffed out nearly $4,000 worth of marijuana in the cars' bumper...giving reason to hold the two suspects.
Meekins has been extradited back to Tyler, Texas, where he faces 3 counts of capital murder....Campus is still being held at the Butler County Jail, awaiting arraignment.