Driving over the speed limit led to a felony marijuana arrest November 3 by the Centralia Police Department.
Chase Alexander Melton of Mexico was arrested late Friday night while driving his father’s green 1996 Jaguar south on Jefferson Street.
According to CPD Officer Jerry Stoebe’s probable cause statement, Stoebe’s radar unit listed the Jaguar as travelling 43 m.p.h. in a 25-m.p.h. zone.
After Stoebe pulled over the Jaguar near the intersection of Switzler and North Stone Street, he discovered Melton did not have an operator’s license.
As Stoebe discussed the situation with Melton, other issues arose.
“During the traffic stop I could smell an odor coming from the vehicle known to me through field experience and training as marijuana,” Stoebe wrote/ “Melton handed me a brown cigarette containing a green leafy substance known to me as marijuana.”
That prompted Stoebe to search the car.
He found four containers containing a total of 95.3 grams, which Centralia Police Chief Larry Dudgeon said was packaged for resale and speculated may have been grown in California.
Stoebe also found, according to the PC statement, a loaded Kahr .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol along with three extra cartridges.
After being read his Miranda Warning, Melton said he had just purchased the marijuana for $760 and privately purchased the pistol approximately one month ago.
As of November 6, Melton was held in the Boone County Jail on charges of delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $20,000.
Dudgeon declined to comment on where he thought Melton acquired the marijuana. “This investigation is ongoing,” he said.