K9 Sergeant Ridge Long approached a vehicle at the Buffalo Valley rest area when he became aware of strong marijuana odor emanating from the vehicle. As he came up to the vehicle a male passenger was seen getting out and moving toward the bathrooms. Sgt. Long initiated contact with the driver and asked about the odor. The driver, identified as Dustin Street denied any marijuana being in the vehicle but did state that he uses marijuana recreationally.
Upon checking the vehicle console a baggie containing less than a gram of methamphetamine was located. Street was detained and additional units were called to the scene.
Sergeant Jimmy Gregory, Lieutenant Steve Babcock and Sergeant Dusty Hailey searched the area and were unable to locate the male passenger. A search of the vehicle resulted in an additional container containing marijuana residue and approximately a gram of heroin. Warrants for the arrest of the male passenger were issued. The passenger identified as Matthew Fleenor was arrested a few days after the initial investigation.
Both men were charged with methamphetamine possession and possession of a controlled substance and held at the Smith County Jail.