Once detectives spotted the marijuana under the truck, probable cause was established and a vehicle search ensued.
Driver and Passenger Arrested on Drug Related Charges (amongst other things), LIVINGSTON, September 22, 2011 - Shortly after 3 pm on September 22, 2011, Narcotics Detective Vance Berry was on patrol on US-146 when he spotted a red 1992 Chevy truck pass another vehicle in a no passing zone in the north-bound lane. Berry initiated a traffic stop across the road from Escapees RV Park. As Detective Berry was speaking with the driver (Donald Jones, 39, of Livingston), Berry spotted a bag filled with marijuana underneath the truck. The revelation of marijuana meant that Berry had probable cause to search the vehicle. By now, Berry was joined by fellow Narcotics Detective Christopher Lima. Donald Jones and his passenger, Weldon Rodgers, of Livingston and two females were cuffed and detained off to the side of 146 as a vehicle search ensued.
Narcotics Detective Christopher Lima looks closely at the marijuana that Weldon Rodgers attempted to dump (and got caught).
Weldon Rodgers of Livingston was charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.
Donald Jones was cited for illegal passing, no driver's license, and charged with possession of marijuana.
Jones looked at our camera man and cussed him out and then made other inappropriate remarks.
The two female passengers were cuffed initially...
...but were allowed to go free.
There was a large bottle of Jim Beam Whiskey in the truck (half drained), beer, and a goofy gear shift knob.
A detective holds a syringe that allegdly contained a controlled substance.
Weldon Rodgers' vehicle was towed by Ken's Towing.
Houdini looked saddened by the whole sordid affair.
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