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Sheriff's office traffic stop points to meth manufacturing

Pictured: Benjamin Lawrence Mangrum
A traffic stop by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office recently led to a Franklin man being charged with dealing with methamphetamines. 
According to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Benjamin Lawrence Mangrum, 30, was pulled over during a traffic stop and searched by WCSO in the Kroger parking lot on Columbia Avenue near Mack Hatcher Parkway in Franklin. 
Because the officer had a suspicion of drug paraphernalia in the car, a WCSO flex team was called in for the search, which included safely securing the parking lot area where the car was parked. 
The team, wearing protective gloves and masks due to possible flammable material in the car, conducted a thorough search of the vehicle.  
Mangrum is being held in the jail on a $357,500 bond. 
He was charged with two misdemeanors including driving on revoked/suspended license and evading arrest, resulting in a $2,500 and $5,000 bond, respectively. 
Mangrum is also being held on two felony charges, including initiation intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamines, resulting in a $250,000 bond.
Additionally, he is charged with the manufacture/delivery/sale/possession of meth, which added $100,000 more to his total bond of $357,500.
During a preliminary hearing held today in Williamson County General Sessions court, Mangram’s case was bound over to the grand jury, which will consider the case April 14. Mangrum waived his right to a preliminary hearing. 

Posted on: 2/25/2014


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