A Lexington, Ky. man was charged with distributing marijuana on May 5 after an I-75 traffic stop uncovered pot, $5,000 in cash and conflicting stories about being on the way to see a “baby mama” in Decatur.
Here’s what happened according to the sheriff’s report: Cpl. Thomas Haskins stopped a silver Dodge Charger on I-75 south near the North Lee Street exit around 9 p.m. on May 5 by Cpl. Thomas Haskins. The temporary license plate was not visible, and the windows had very dark tint. Haskins saw three occupants quickly lighting cigarettes and smelled a strong odor of air freshener and marijuana. The three men appeared extremely nervous and when Haskins began asking questions about the vehicle, they all acted as if they did not know anything about it. Cpl. Christian Sawley arrived for backup.
When the driver, Quarry Baker, 24, exited his vehicle, Haskins smelled a strong odor of marijuana on him. Haskins told him he believed he had marijuana hidden because the odor was very pungent, but Baker again denied having anything. Haskins told him to be honest and Baker then told him he had a bag of marijuana inside his pants, retrieved it and put it on the hood of the patrol car.
Haskins searched the two passengers Jalen Smith and Bryce Carter. On Carter, Haskins found a large amount of cash, mainly $20 bills, that was rubber-banded together inside the front pockets of his pants. Carter said he had around $5,000 and that he got the cash from his “taxes”. Haskins asked him where he was coming from and he said they left Lexington, Ky. “a long time ago” and said they were in route to Decatur. Haskins told Carter that he passed Decatur around an hour ago, and he said, “Yeah, I fell asleep”.
Carter said he was going to Decatur to visit his 12-year-old son and see his “baby mama” and the other men were “just riding with him”. Haskins asked Carter why he brought the $5,000 in cash with him, and he said he was planning on giving $2,000 of the cash to his son, to “help him out”. He was asked why he brought the other $3,000 in cash and he said he was thinking about getting an apartment. Carter then said the real reason he brought the cash with him was “just to show off”. While Haskins was speaking with Carter, he kept looking around and it appeared he was trying to fabricate a story.
Haskins asked Carter where he got the cash and he said he works at a UPS warehouse making $12 an hour and had been saving the money from working. He also said he just received his “stimulus check” and that was part of the “revenue” and that he just received $8,000 in cash back from taxes. He did not have any bank statements showing any deposits from taxes, the stimulus check or any bank statements that showed where he withdrew the cash. He said that he mainly has just been “collecting” cash from working at his job. He was asked about his criminal history, to which he admitted to having misdemeanor charges. Dispatch said he had two previous felony charges for possession of cocaine, one of those being a trafficking charge.
Haskins then spoke with Smith who told him that were on the way to see his “baby momma”. He said that his friend had just given birth to a child and she died during labor. Smith stated that his “baby momma” was “down here” at a hotel but he did not know what city, nor did he know the name of the hotel she was in. Smith said he was trying to call her and figure out where they needed to go. Haskins asked him how he knew how far to drive from Lexington, to which he said they were just driving until they figured it out.
Haskins asked Baker where they were headed, and he said they were “going to Decatur to drop off some money” with Carter’s “baby momma”. Baker said that she was supposed to have “some girls with her” so he just came along for them. Haskins told him he passed Decatur around an hour ago, to which he just shrugged his shoulders and said that he was not sure where they were going, he was just driving.
Dispatch said all the subjects had drug charges in the past, with a few of the cases being felony possession charges. Dispatch also said the vehicle’s temporary license plate was not on file. Deputies seized Carter’s cash until he can provide documentation showing he legally obtained it. Baker was charged with possession of marijuana, window tint, and removing a license plate to misrepresent a vehicle.