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Rutherford County Trooper Arrests Man on Theft & Drug Charges

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | 09:57am
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State Trooper Brian Carmouche arrested a Memphis man on theft and drug charges last Friday in Rutherford County.
Courtney Skinner, 27, of Memphis, Tenn., was charged with theft of property over $500, felony possession of cocaine, simple possession of marijuana, and driving on a revoked driver license. He was taken to the Rutherford County jail.
Trooper Carmouche stopped Skinner, who was driving, on a seat belt violation on Interstate 24 westbound at mile marker 72 at approximately 9:39 a.m. on August 17. After requesting his driver license, Skinner explained that his passenger had his identification card. The female passenger began searching her purse for his ID, when Carmouche observed a bag of marijuana inside.
Trooper Carmouche then conducted a probable cause search and also discovered approximately 11 grams of cocaine in her purse. Further investigation also uncovered two new computers in the trunk, which were traced back as stolen property out of Walmart stores in Springfield and Tullahoma.  
The female passenger was released, after Skinner admitted to owning the drugs. Skinner was taken into custody. Bond was set at $27,000.
A booking photo may be obtained from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.   

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