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Sheriff: 3 arrested as Washington Co. deputies seize half pound of pot

November 27th, 2013 8:26 pm by Staff Report

Sheriff: 3 arrested as Washington Co. deputies seize half pound of pot

Marijuana, cash and other items seized after traffic stop (Contributed/WCSO)


Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies found more than a half pound of marijuana in a traffic stop off West Walnut Street, resulting in the arrests of three men, Sheriff Ed Graybeal announced Wednesday in a news release.


Jean Carlos Carrion Lopez, 22, 100 Carter Sells Road, No. 31, Johnson City; Bryan Becerra, 22, 3310 Greenwood Drive, Johnson City; and Saul Cordoba Rangel, 18, 358 Berry Ridge Road, Jonesborough, were stopped after deputies saw a car driven by Lopez speeding on West Walnut.


After a deputy initiated the stop, the car continued on West Walnut awhile before Lopez finally turned onto Helen Court and stopped. Graybeal said deputies recently had arrested Lopez for driving on a suspended license, so he was taken into custody.


Deputies brought K9 Mali, and the dog detected the drugs in the car, prompting a search that led deputies to a plastic zipper bag containing 38 baggies of marijuana hidden in the back seat. The sheriff said the front-seat passenger, Becerra, had another bag of marijuana in his jacket pocket. When deputies asked asked Rangel for his name, he gave a false identity.


Graybeal estimated the street value of the marijuana at $1,000. Deputies also seized a small amount of cash.


Lopez was charged with speeding, driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana for resale, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $12,000.


Rangel was charged with possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal impersonation. His bond was set at $12,000.


Becerra was charged with simple possession. His bond was set at $1,000.


All three were jailed in the Washington County Detention Center pending Sessions Court appearances Monday.


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