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I-65 drug bust marks highest street value

"Gunner" alerted Cpl. Debbie Rogers to the presence of marijuana inside a vehicle on I-65 during a traffic stop. 

Yesterday’s drug bust on I-65 marked highest street value of marijuana ever confiscated by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, according to Spokesperson Sharon Puckett. 

Officers seized a carload of marijuana valued at about $500,000 this week on I-65 south of State Route 840, according to officials. Corporal Debbie Rogers, who has served the sheriff’s office for 20 years, made the traffic stop Monday around noon. 

As part of the K-9 team, Rogers’ dog, “Gunner” alerted her to the presence of marijuana inside the vehicle during the traffic stop. Regarded as an astute canine, Gunner won first place in the regional United States Police Canine Association competition several years ago. The confiscation is the largest for Rogers as well as Gunner. 
The traffic stop was initiated because the suspect was allegedly following too closely behind the vehicle in front of his. Puckett said it is unknown whether the suspect has prior arrests. 
Oakley Wendell Simpson, 40, of Florence, Ala., was arrested on a charge of manufacturing and distribution of schedule VI drugs (marijuana). Four boxes containing plastic bags of marijuana weighing about 80 pounds were seized. However, about 10 years ago, approximately 200 pounds of lower-grade marijuana was confiscated by the sheriffs office although the dollar amount was not as large.

Oakley Wendell Simpson posted $100,000 bond March 6. He’s scheduled to appear in Williamson County General Sessions Court on March 14, 2013 at 1 p.m. 

Marijuana valued around $500,000 was found in the suspect's vehicle. 

Posted on: 3/6/2013


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