A Florida couple who said they were taking their newly-purchased RV from Texas to North Carolina to pick up umbrellas are facing numerous drug charges stemming from a traffic stop on I-85 in northern Gwinnett County.
During the conversation, Mr. Hill explained he and his wife had just purchased the RV in Texas were on their way to Charlotte, N.C. to pick up some umbrellas and drop some off. The officer asked Mr. Hill why the couple did not have the umbrellas shipped to their home in Florida. Mr. Hill's explanation, the officer opined, "did not seem logical."
The officer then asked Mr. Hill if he had any prior arrests. Mr. Hill reportedly admitted he had been arrested previously in Gainesville, Fla. for arson and manufacturing marijuana.
"David stated that in that case he and his wife had a grow house which caught their residence on fire," the officer noted.
The officer requested and received consent to search the Hill's vehicle. The officer requested a K-9 unit due to the size of the vehicle. The K-9 alerted near the driver's side front portion of the RV. When questioned about why the dog may have given an alert, the Hills reportedly admitted marijuana had been concealed under the driver's seat but had been moved.
The marijuana was subsequently located in a bag which had been placed in the back portion of the vehicle. In addition to approximately nine grams of suspected marijuana, the officer located two digital scales -- one with green residue, the other with black residue. In a smaller bag, the officer located two clear baggies with a black tar-like substance consistent to that found on the scale. The substance was tentatively identified as hash.
The Hills were subsequently placed under arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The RV was transported to police headquarters in order to initiate forfeiture proceedings. During the inventory, a duffle bag was located which contained a small, dime-sized clear bag filled with a white, powdery substance which field-tested positive for ecstasy. The officer also located two clear brown capsules containing a brown, powdery substance which field-tested positive for amphetamine. Two unidentified yellow pills were submitted to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for testing.
David Hill was booked into the Gwinnett County jail on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and two charges of possessing a controlled substance (one related to the amphetamine, the other to the ecstasy). Sherry Hill was booked on a charge of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. Both were released the following day -- Mr. Hill on a $22,600 bond, Mrs. Hill on a $11,200 bond.
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