CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KAIT) - A June 9 traffic stop that begins as a case of improper registration ends in a drug bust that nets approximately $61,000 worth of drugs and money and lands a suspected drug dealer in jail.
Caruthersville Police officers pulled over 29-year-old Prentess Johnson of Caruthersville for improper registration of a 1986 maroon Chevrolet Monte Carlo. But according to the report, when they walked up to the vehicle, they could smell what they believed was marijuana.
After requesting a K-9 from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, they're beliefs were verified when the dog made a positive "hit" on the trunk.
Having the probable cause needed to search the vehicle, police discovered a 25 pound brick of marijuana with an estimated street value of $25,000.
Police say they then arrested Johnson and a search of his person yielded even more drugs: what appeared to be Ecstasy along with $5,000 in cash. The vehicle was impounded and the items were seized as evidence.
Following his arrest, police executed a search warrant on a storage shed. They discovered approximately $31,000 in cash and about 1/2 a pound of marijuana.
Johnson is charged with 2nd degree drug trafficking and possession, distribution or manufacturing of a controlled substance. He is being held in the Pemiscot County jail with no bond pending his first court appearance.