A Madill woman is facing charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a Calera Police report.
Brenda Lynette Fern Tucker, 25, was pulled over for not wearing her seat belt when Calera Assistant Police Chief T.J. White reported he noticed the violation while working radar enforcement at East McKennon Street and Highway 69/75. According to White’s account, as Tucker searched for her license and insurance verification, he moved to the passenger side of the pickup she was driving to stand safely away from traffic along the highway.
White reported he smelled alcohol at that time and asked who had been drinking. The male passenger responded that he had.
White called for assistance from patrolman Mike DiNapoli after returning to his vehicle to run licenses from both occupants through dispatch. When DiNapoli arrived, the officers asked Tucker and her passenger to exit the vehicle so they could look for open containers.
White reported he immediately spotted in the front compartment of the center console a cigarette box partially open with a green, leafy substance inside.
Continuing the search, officers discovered a bag of the green substance, an “alligator” clip and a homemade metal pipe in Tucker’s purse, and a large Ziplock-type bag of the green substance in the center console, according to the report. The substance field-tested positive for marijuana.
Tucker told police all of it was hers, and she had paid $300 for a half-pound bag, according to the report. After initially claiming the marijuana was for her personal use, the report states Tucker told White she had gotten into trouble on some felony charges in another county and couldn’t get a court-appointed attorney, so she needed to sell the marijuana to get the money to hire a lawyer. Apparently her efforts hadn’t produced much toward as a defense fundraiser in the past six months to a year, according to the report.
Tucker was booked into the Bryan County Jail.
The passenger’s blood-alcohol level tested below the legal limit of 0.08 and was allowed to go.