Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Traffic stops turn up drugs, too

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

BURLINGTON - In the last two weeks, traffic stops made by Boone County Deputy Sheriff Doug Mallery have resulted in two drug busts in other states.

Mallery is specially trained to spot courier-type transportation of drugs and to spot terrorist activities on the interstate. Portions of Interstates 71, 75 and 275 run through Boone County, also home to the region's international airport.

In the first incident, Michael Murphy of Boonesville, Ind., was stopped on Dec. 17 in the northbound lanes of I-75 in Florence. He was pulled over for driving in the fast lane, which is illegal in Kentucky.

Mallery said he smelled marijuana coming from the car and asked the driver if he could search the vehicle. The 61-year-old obliged and the deputy found a few grams of unprocessed marijuana.

Mallery then passed on the information to police in Boonesville, who obtained a warrant and found five pounds of marijuana in Murphy's house.

More recently, Kevin and Richard Bossche, brothers from Grand Rapids, Mich., were stopped Friday in the southbound lanes of I-75 for speeding. Again, Mallery detected marijuana and was given permission to search the car. And again, he found marijuana - two pounds of it and evidence to suggest a home marijuana-growing operation. A search warrant of the brothers' home netted 100 marijuana plants.

Michigan police have described the operation as having "elaborately constructed grow rooms."

Kevin, 42, and Richard, 55, are charged in Kentucky with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking in marijuana. Additional charges are pending against Murphy and the Bossche brothers in their hometowns.

Murphy is part of the Boone County Sheriff's Department Criminal Interdiction Traffic Enforcement Team, known as CITE.


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