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Thomson man snared in Arkansas marijuana bust

A Thomson man, along with a co-worker, remained jailed in Arkansas on Monday after drug charges were levied against them following the discovery of nearly 500 lbs. of marijuana on a tour bus that was stopped by authorities near Russellville last week. The marijuana had a street value of approximately $595,000, authorities said.

Robert Wayne Morris, 44, of the 2000 block of Union Church Road, is being held under $200,000 bail in the Pope County Jail in Russellville, Ark., according to Ramona Woods, a sheriff's department spokeswoman. Mr. Morris is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and fraud in an attempt to obtain a prescription drug, jail records reveal.

A second suspect was identified as 52-year-old Edward Lawrence Thimas, of Douglasville, Ga., Ms. Woods told The McDuffie Mirror during a telephone interview Monday. Mr. Thimas, was released under $75,000 bail from the Pope County Jail last Wednesday, she said. He is charged with the same offenses as Mr. Morris.

District Judge Don Bourne set bonds for both suspects following a hearing before him last Wednesday, according to a story in The Russellville Courier.

The two men, co-drivers for a tour bus company, were stopped near Russellville on Feb. 17 by Arkansas State Police Trooper Chris Goodman.

Web posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009

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