5/25/2013 2:53:00 PM Yavapai Deputies bag more drug shipments
Six one-pound bags of marijuana allegedly were found in Benny Paulís vehicle.
Garrtley Henderson (left) and Herman Hampton
INTERSTATE 40 - Wednesday, a K9 deputy stopped a black Ford Sedona on Interstate 40, after the deputy saw the vehicle was following too closely to an 18-wheel truck and tractor. Benny Paul, 42, of Atlanta told the deputy that he had rented the car in Los Angeles and was driving east to visit his ailing grandmother. But the cars paperwork showed it had been rented in San Francisco. Other inconsistencies led the officer to believe that Paul was trying to disguise transportation of drugs. The driver even refused the deputy's request for a search.
Using the deputy's K-9 partner, the dog did a sniff of the car, alerting on the trunk. Now, with probable cause, the deputy could search and found a duffle bag with three 1-pound bags of marijuana. Three more 1-pound bags were found in a garbage bag also in the trunk.
Paul then admitted he had picked up the marijuana in California to take to Georgia.
Benny Paul was booked into the Camp Verde jail charged with transportation and sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
An earlier drug arrest occurred at east I-40 on May 9. K9 deputies stopped a silver sedan with Arkansas plates for an equipment violation. When the deputy smelled marijuana in the vehicle, he found a 10-pound stash in an ice chest.
Two men, 43-year-old Garrtley Henderson and 45-year-old Herman Hampton both of Arkansas were arrested but released after posting $10,000 bond. A woman and child traveling with the suspects were released at the scene.