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May 6, 2013

Traffic Stop Nets Drugs

COMMERCE — From CPD: A Commerce resident is in custody facing 4 charges following a traffic stop.

On Friday, May 3, 2013 just before 5pm, Officers from the Commerce Police Department stopped a vehicle for speeding.  Once the officer made contact with the driver, he immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The driver was later identified by sending his prints off to the FBI as he did not possess an identification card on him and he gave officers false information about his true identity.

He was finally identified as new Commerce resident Otis Campbell.  When Officers attempted to pat him down on the side of the road, Mr. Campbell began to resist.  He was taken into custody and his vehicle was impounded to the police department.  During the course of the inventory of the suspect’s vehicle, officers found several packages containing green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana which had an approximate weight of over 2 pounds. Officers also found some round, white, tablets marked Seroquel 200. Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug. There were no prescription labels marking the tablets and they were contained with a quantity of other tablets and caplets that appeared to be vitamins. During the course of the entire contact with the man, he stated that he had a different name. However there were several different cards inside the vehicle with different names.  The man’s fingerprints were sent to the FBI for identification. The FBI database confirmed that the man was in fact Otis Norris Campbell and had a lengthy felonious criminal record.   

The man was booked in on charges of Possession of marijuana with over 4 OZ but under 5 Pounds, Possession of Dangerous Drug, Resisting Arrest, Search or Transport and Failure to ID giving false information.  He was later transported to Hunt County and is in custody.  Mr. Campbell is being held on a $7000 bond for Possession of marijuana with over 4 OZ but under 5 Pounds $5000 bond for the Possession of Dangerous Drugs, $5000 bond for Resisting Arrest, Search or Transport, and $3000 bond Failure to ID giving false information.

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