FRESH Crack Cocaine Seized in Murfreesboro Traffic Stop

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A Murfreesboro Police Report shows that officers recovered, "11 grams of fresh crack cocaine (large lumps as if it was just broken off from a main brick and handled very little)," during a traffic stop. The stop was made when police spotted the Chrysler driving through a high drug area with their headlights off on Wednesday morning (2/7/18).

Driver Joe Randolph told police that he did not have his drivers license because it was revoked. The arresting officer wrote that Randolph was also acting suspicious with heavy breathing while avoiding eye contact with him.

Police then spoke to passenger Tabitha Smith and during the conversation officers observed her breath heavy if they mentioned anything about narcotics, according to the arrest report.

After receiving permission to search the car, police found marijuana in a file folder, 11 grams of "Fresh" crack cocaine in a hair gel jar, a crack pipe and 1 gram of cocaine.

Police received permission to search the cellphone belonging to Randolph and ended up seizing it after finding "Text messages consistent with drug sales."

Further charges were filed due to the arrest taking place within 1,000 feet of the Murfreesboro Head Start Center, which is a drug free school zone.

62 Year old Joe Thomas Randolph is facing a felony drug charge and will be in court on April 24, 2018. The report does not outline any charges against Smith, who was reported to be the passenger. Randolph is currently free on bond.


MPD 18-2485

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