Pine County Deputy Busts Two Men With $60,000 Of Crack Cocaine
According to a press release provided by the Pine County Sheriff’s office, on Tuesday, May 31 2011, at about 7:50pm, a Pine County Deputy stopped a vehicle for suspected drunk driving as it was north bound on Interstate 35 in the area of Sandstone. As the Deputy was talking with the driver and passenger in the vehicle, he became suspicious concerning discrepancies in their statements, concerning where they were going and where they had come from.
The Deputy also noticed that both occupants of the vehicle were very nervous and the interior of the vehicle was arranged in a suspicious manner. Record checks showed that neither the driver nor passenger had a valid driver’s license.
The driver consented to a search of the vehicle and a few minutes later Pine County canine “Nitro” was brought to the scene. When the driver saw the canine he looked at the ground and stated that everything in the car was his, including the crack cocaine.
After entering the vehicle, canine “Nitro” immediately indicated the presence of narcotics in a duffle bag located in the back seat. When Deputies checked inside the bag they discovered one half pound of crack cocaine packaged for street sale. Both the driver and passenger were arrested and transported to the Pine County Jail. The vehicle was seized and will be held for forfeiture. The estimated street value of the crack cocaine is $60,000.00 dollars.
After consultation with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Drug Enforcement Agency and United States Attorney’s Office it was determined to charge both occupants in Pine County District Court.
The driver of the vehicle, Ronald Edward Prophit, 23, of Superior, WI and the passenger Bobbie Grier Jr., 45, of Detroit, MI, both appeared before the Honorable Judge Reuter on 6-2-2011. Both men were formally charged with 1st Degree Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance and ordered held on $50,000.00 dollar bail.
(Picture Provided by Pine County Sheriff’s Office)