September 14, 2007 Nashville, Tennessee
Canine sniffs out 90 pounds of marijuana
during a traffic stop
Police dog Raven's keen sense of smell led to
today's seizure of 90 pounds of marijuana from a car on I-40 in West Nashville.
Officer Jamie Scruggs, Raven's partner, stopped a
1998 Mitsubishi Gallant on I-40 west near the Bellevue exit at 10 a.m. for failing to comply with the move
over law (another officer had a tractor-trailer stopped on the interstate). The Mitsubishi's driver,
Jose DeJesus Ayala Villa, did not have a driver's license. Officer Scruggs asked if there
were any drugs in the car. Villa said no. Raven then sniffed the outside of the vehicle and alerted to the
presence of a drug odor. A subsequent search of the car resulted in the discovery of numerous wrapped bricks
of marijuana hidden in the rear bumper and dashboard. Villa later told Officer Scruggs that he had been paid
$200 to drive the marijuana from Memphis to High Point, North Carolina.
Villa, 29, of High Point, is charged with
possession of marijuana for resale and driving without a license. His bond is set at $77,000.
Source:Metro Nashville Police