Tennessee Highway Patrol Arrests Two Texas Men on Felony Drug Charges
NASHVILLE--- Trooper Joseph Williams of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Cookeville District initiated a traffic stop that led to the discovery of approximately 4.4 pounds of cocaine and the arrest of two Texas men on felony drug charges in Clay County on Tuesday. Trooper Mark Mahan also assisted.
Trooper Williams was patrolling on Highway 135 northbound at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, when he observed a black 1997 Chevrolet Silverado that matched a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) description of a vehicle that was possibly engaged in criminal activity. The investigating trooper observed the alleged suspect vehicle cross the double center line and enter into the southbound lane of Highway 135. Trooper Williams then initiated a traffic stop for failure to maintain lane of travel.
The vehicle was occupied by two males, who exhibited nervous and suspicious behavior from the onset. After further questioning, the trooper requested and received consent to search the vehicle. Due to the location of the initial traffic stop, the vehicle was moved to a nearby state facility to conduct the search.
A member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol/Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Task Force responded to the scene with his K-9 to assist. The K-9 immediately gave a positive alert for drugs on the vehicle.
The troopers then discovered approximately 4.4 pounds of cocaine under the hood of the vehicle hidden within the engine compartment.
The driver Roberto Jimenez, 34, of Dallas, Tex., and passenger Eladio Delasancha, 60, Mesquite, Tex., were both arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II drugs with intent to sell or distribute. Jimenex was also charged with driving without a license and failure to maintain lane of travel. Both men were transported to the Clay County Jail.
Booking photos may be obtained from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
This investigation was initiated based on information-sharing from federal, state and local partners including the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and members of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
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