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Hephzibah woman arrested on marijuana trafficking charge

November 05, 2021 - 00:00
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A Hephzibah woman traveling through Greene County was arrested on Oct. 27 and jailed on marijuana trafficking charges following a traffic stop on I-20.

According to reports, Deputy Matthew Cowdrey pulled over Nissan Sentra traveling eastbound for dark window tint.

After Cowdrey made contact with the driver, later identified as 30-year-old Kristi Shantea Williams he observed several air fresheners throughout the vehicle and detected strong odor of air freshener emitting from inside it.

Williams was advised of her traffic violation and began fidgeting with her cellphone and the drawstring on her pants, according to the report. Cowdrey also said her hands were trembling.

When asked if she had any marijuana inside of her vehicle, Williams stated “oh no, sir,” according to the report. Williams provided her proof of vehicle insurance on her cell phone and her hands were shaking so badly Cowdrey had to hold the phone himself to verify the information.

Cowdrey requested consent to search her vehicle, but Williams refused and repeatedly questioned why he wanted to search her vehicle.

Sgt. Paquette was notified and arrived on the scene with his K9 partner Oby, who did a free air sniff around the car and alerted for narcotics in the area of the trunk of the vehicle.

A search was then performed and inside the trunk, Cowdrey found two large duffle bags containing a large amount of marijuana, according to the report. The marijuana was double packaged in vacuum-sealed bags and later determined to be 21 bags of 1 pound each.

Williams was taken into custody and transported to the Greene County Jail.

The window tint on the vehicle was checked and determined to be at 22 percent.