WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Interstate drug traffic remains a big problem for local law enforcement.
Tuesday Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal praised his department after the discovery of 8.2 pounds of marijuana.
"The criminal interrogation team we have, they just work so hard, they are undercover most of the time in plain cars," said Sheriff Ed Graybeal.
Monday those undercover officers pulled over a car speeding down Old State Route 34 just outside of Jonesborough.
Plus, the officers had a secret weapon, the department's K-9, Mali.
"The pup was there in the car, he smelled some stuff so his handler let him out and he went straight to the trunk, so we knew based on his reaction we had something," said Graybeal.
Graybeal tells News 5 the marijuana is valued at between $8,000 and $10,000 dollars.
Following the seizure Robert Lee Hollifield, Lisa Cox and James Bradley Cox were arrested.
"They were going to their address to break it down, to separate it, and then to go sell so they could by some more stuff from it. They would have broken it down into little baggies and sold it per once or per baggy; you're probably going to make $10,000 or $12,000 if you sell it right," said Graybeal.
Graybeal tells us the Johnson City-Washington County area is a major thoroughfare for drug trafficking considering its close proximity to Atlanta, so they now routinely bring their K-9's along make similar busts.
The sheriff's department tells us the search of the vehicle also led them to a gun and prescription drugs.
Deputies tell us the car and cash were also seized.
All three suspects were booked into the Washington County, Tennessee Detention Center.
The investigation is ongoing.
Officers say a traffic stop in Washington County, Tennessee leads to the seizure of eight pounds of marijuana, a firearm, and arrest of three.
In a press release they tell us they arrested Robert Lee Hollifield, Lisa Cox, and James Bradley Cox following a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation.
Investigators say they stopped the vehicle Hollifield was driving for a traffic violation and a K9 sniff of the air around the vehicle resulted in a positive alert for the presence of illegal drugs. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 8.2 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle. Upon the arrest of the 3, Lisa Cox was found to have a loaded firearm in her purse and 2 bottles of illegally diverted prescription pills concealed down her pants. James Cox initially gave investigators false information in reference to his identity.
Robert Hollifield was charged with Speeding and Possession of Schedule VI for Resale, his bond was set at $10,000. Lisa Cox was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Schedules II and IV for Resale. Her bond was set at $11,000. James Cox was charged with Criminal Impersonation, for which he has a $1000 bond. He was also served with an outstanding warrant for Failure to Report for 30 days of Jail Time for which he has no bond.
The Investigation is ongoing with more charges possible.
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