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Marijuana found during stop

September 17, 2012

A county man faces drug charges after a traffic stop turned up marijuana and paraphernalia.

On August 31, at approx. 9 p.m., Deputy James Marzek, with the Pushmataha County Sheriff's Department, stopped a blue minivan at State Highway 2 and Lawson in Clayton.

During the stop, Marzek smelled alcohol and marijuana in the van and asked everyone to exit the vehicle. A passenger in the front seat, Roy Smith, had an open can of beer and a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette on the floor by his feet, according to reports filed in district court.

At approx. 9:30 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Clint Owens arrived on the scene and took custody of Smith after seeing that he was unsteady on his feet with slow, slurred speech, an odor of an alcohol beverage on his breath and a green tint on his tongue, consistent with recent marijuana use.

Owens also found a green cloth bag where Smith had been sitting. The bag contained a clear glass smoking pipe with a residue and the odor of burnt marijuana. Both the pipe and the residue field tested positive for marijauana.

Owens transported Smith to the Pushmataha County Jail, where he was booked for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication and transporting an open container of low-point beer.

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