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Gary B.: Road block due to accident leads to arrest on drug violations

Arkansas State Trooper Corporals Brandon Trewyn and Robert Stewart were working a motor vehicle crash on State Highway 25 near Turkey Hill Road in Independence County when both smelled marijuana.

The traffic flow was limited to one lane at a time, so traffic backed up on both sides of the wreck.

The marijuana smell was coming from a truck parked and waiting on the traffic to clear.

The vehicle had one occupant, Jesse Payton Sass, 27. He was asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, and he told the officers he had a pound of marijuana in his backpack.

Sass even said that selling marijuana was his job.

A search of the vehicle found the backpack and inside two vacuum-sealed bags of what later tested positive as marijuana, a metal grinder, three packages of rolling paper, 200 packages of vaping cartridges, each containing THC, and 15 squares of an illegal drug called LSD.

The Troopers reported that during the investigation and conversation, Sass admitted to selling controlled substances.

He was taken into custody and charged with three drug-related felony
counts; possession with the purpose to deliver or sell marijuana, THC, and LSD.

Sass was also charged with three misdemeanors including being intoxicated on
marijuana while driving a vehicle.

After his arrest, Sass was placed on a $10,000 bond.

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