Saturday, February 19, 2011

North Carolina Man Arrested After I-40 Stop

A Tennessee State Trooper making a traffic stop in Putnam County Thursday uncovered marijuana, LSD, cocaine and other illegal drugs. Officials say it occurred on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at approximately 11:12 a.m., when Trooper Michael Robertson stopped a green 1998 Saturn SL2 for following to close to another vehicle at mile marker 283 eastbound on I-40.  When Trooper Robertson approached the vehicle, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from within the vehicle. The driver and sole occupant, identified as 20-year-old Ryan L. Robinette of Charlotte, N. C., indicated he was traveling from Colorado to his home in Charlotte. Trooper Robertson requested consent to search the vehicle. After consent to search was refused, Trooper Robertson requested the assistance of Trooper Michael Loftis, whose K9 received a positive response on the vehicle.  A subsequent search of the vehicle, with assistance from Lieutenant Burch Avera and Trooper Bobby Barker, revealed a back pack containing several jars of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Robinette stated that was all the contraband he possessed. However, a further search of the
vehicle uncovered four pounds of marijuana and eleven hash oil chewables in the trunk. On the right front floor board, Troopers discovered 15 blotters of LSD, four grams of powder ecstasy, two grams of cocaine, and two containers of hash oil. Robinette is charged with possession of schedule 1, 2 and 6 drugs for resale. He was booked in the Putnam County Justice Center on $15,000 bond. The vehicle and drugs were seized in accordance with state law.