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Johnson City police report finding pot, gun, cash in traffic stop

October 24th, 2011 6:55 am by Staff Report

Johnson City police report finding pot, gun, cash in traffic stop

A traffic stop led Johnson City police to arrest a Jonesborough man Monday morning after finding marijuana, cash and a handgun in his vehicle, according to a news release.
William D. Heise, 24, 503 Magnolia Ridge Drive Jonesborough, was arrested after police stopped his vehicle on West Market Street and found about 28 grams of marijuana in his possession and seized $1,485 dollars and a handgun from his vehicle, police said.
According to an affidavit of complaint filed by police, officers stopped Heise about 4 a.m. on West Market near Leisure Lane for speeding. Heise was nervous, sweating and talking slowly, and police smelled a strong marijuana odor coming from the vehicle.
Police asked Heise whether he had any weapons in the vehicle, and he responded that a handgun was behind the driver's seat. Heise refused the officers' request to search the vehicle, but he later consented when police called for a police dog to come to the scene.
Heise told police marijuana was in his backpack and gave consent for a search. Police found the marijuana and $1,380 in cash, a scale, rolling papers and a jar containing marijuana residue. Heise told police the jar was used to cure marijuana, police said in the affidavit.
Police also seized $105 from Heise's wallet.
Heise was charged with manufacture/delivering/selling a controlled substance, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia and speeding.
He was initially jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $70,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court. A preliminary hearing was set for the following Monday, and he was released on a reduced bond of $10,000.

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