Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Bust
A traffic stop in Marshall resulted in two arrests and the confiscation of more than 87 grams of methamphetamine. On Saturday, April 8, at approximately 1:45 a.m. officers with the Marshall Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a red Ford Mustang in the 1700 block of East End Blvd. South. When officers approached the vehicle, there was a strong smell of marijuana. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Tobias Prudencio, of Marshall, claimed there were no drugs inside. Prudencio and his passenger, 19-year-old Stephanie Carbajal, of Maryland, were detained at the scene while a police K9 was deployed. The K9 alerted on both the driver and passenger side doors. As a result, approximately 87.5 grams of methamphetamine, two digital scales, a .45 caliber handgun and small bags, commonly used in the sale of narcotics were found inside the vehicle.
Soon after searching the vehicle, police learned the car had been reported stolen in Maryland. Prudencio was arrested and charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 4G<200G, unauthorized use of a vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Carbajal was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 4G<200G. Both Prudencio and Carbajal were booked into the Harrison County Jail.
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Marshall Police Department