A traffic stop at the 112 mile marker by Cumby Police at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday morning led to the arrest of Brandon Braswell, 30, Memphis, Tennesee, Shantoine Derenzo Powell, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and Cordero K Ragland, 25, of Memphis, TN. (Some images not available from local jail.)
The odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle led to a probable cause search and the discovery of a stolen firearm in the passenger front seat pouch near the backseat.
All three were taken to Hopkins County Jail and charged with Unlawful Possession of a firearm.
At the jail Braswelll placed something in his mouth. When asked to open his mouth, a green leafy substance was noted. He was ordered to spit it out. The substance was found to be marijuana. Braswell was able to
swallow most of the evidence. He was also charged with Tamper/Fabricate Evidence. As a felon, he was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. He is being held on a total of $25,000 in bonds.
Powell was charged with Theft of a Firearm and is held on a $5,000 bond.
Ragland was charged with Theft of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. He is held on bonds totaling $15,000. In February of this year, Ragland was arrested in Memphis for drag racing, two counts of aggravated assault, and driving with a suspended license following a drag racing incident in which one driver was transported to a Memphis hospital in critical condition and Ragland was in non-critical condition. He has previous arrests on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and criminal trespass.