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5/25/2013 1:54:00 PM
Yavapai deputies bag more drug shipments

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.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Article comment by: Alarmed and paying attention

Bob...check your exclamation point key. It appears to be stuck.

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Loblaw

The author writes, "The driver even refused the deputy's request for a search."

Why, that's outrageous! Imagine refusing a deputy sheriff's request to violate your 4th Amendment rights just to have him do it anyway. It's obvious the deputy was profiling drivers and this guy fit the bill.

There is only one way to stop these Gestapo tactics and violations of our civil rights by law enforcement officers:


The price we are paying in the erosion of rights so that the government can keep encroaching on our privacy is too high!

Prohibition is unconstitutional, immoral and unethical!!!

STOP IT NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Pro Active law Enforcement

"The driver even refused the deputy's request for a search."

Which is the right of every citizen (and even non citizens) to do in this country.

Fortunately, the deputy was able to develop and establish probable cause, and he did the search anyway.

Great job officer.

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