May 2, 2013

Crandall man charged in ‘record’ marijuana bust

Rachel Brown

— A Murray County man remains in a Mississippi jail after authorities there said they caught him moving the largest marijuana haul they’ve ever busted.

Frank Paul Dills, 59, of Crandall, and Gwendolyn Faye Nicholas, 55, of Signal Mountain, Tenn., were stopped while traveling on Interstate 55 Saturday afternoon, according to a press release from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi. The two are charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

The sheriff's office, along with the Pearl (Miss.) Police Department, made the arrests after a vehicle was pulled over on the interstate and 166 pounds of marijuana discovered in the truck. Othor Cain, a public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said the vehicle was stopped because Dills was driving “very carelessly.”

An officer’s suspicions were aroused more after he talked to the pair, Cain said. A drug dog named Chappy eventually discovered the drugs. The sheriff’s office said the bust is a record. It’s not clear whether the pot was destined for Murray County.

“We have figured out that the drop was not supposed to be made in Mississippi,” Cain said. “(That they were going back to the North Georgia area) is our assumption, but we don’t know for sure.”