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Sunday, September 6, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Cody Poe radared a blue 2003 Jeep Liberty traveling 61 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour area.
When approaching the vehicle, Officer Poe noticed the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
The officer made contact with the driver, later identified as Joshua Nathaniel Smith, 29, Euless, Texas.
Smith stated he did not have his license with him, but showed the officer a picture of the license from his mobile phone.
Officer Poe took the information to check with dispatch. It was discovered that Smith had a non-extradition warrant for his arrest in Texas, and his license was invalid due to a DUI charge (driving while under the influence.)
Smith was asked to exit the vehicle and placed in handcuffs. He was escorted to Officer Poe’s unit and placed in the back seat. Officer Poe advised Smith his vehicle would be searched due to the odor of marijuana.
He advised the officer there was a gun located behind the seat. During a pat down, a bag containing marijuana was found on Smith’s person.
Officer Poe asked Smith if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Smith stated, “I have a lawyer, we can handle this that way.”
Located inside the vehicle were: 17 small ziploc bags of a white powdery substance totaling six grams, a revolver with five rounds of hollow point Federal brand ammunition, 30 grams of marijuana, a set of working digital scales, a ziploc bag containing small unused ziploc bags, and a flask with a liquid alcoholic substance.
Smith was asked if the white powdery substance was Fentanyl. He advised the officer it was cocaine. The substance later tested positive for cocaine.
Smith was transported to the Atoka County Jail for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and possession of firearm during commission of a felony.
He is charged with unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute (felony), possess firearm during commission of a felony (felony), transporting opened container of intoxicating beverage (misdemeanor).