Traffic stop nets Greenville police two arrests

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 14, 2006

A simple traffic stop netted Greenville police its first drug arrest of the year on Jan. 9 on the Greenville Bypass in which more than $1,000 of marijuana was confiscated, according to Greenville police narcotics investigator Lt. Kenneth Parker.

Greenville police arrested and charged Tremayne Jerome Bibb, 26, of Tyler and Walter Lee Pringle, 63, of Montgomery for possession of marijuana first degree when police discovered more than a pound of marijuana that was found in plain sight in the 1995 GMC Sierra that Bibb and Pringle were in.

&#8220We were originally called to a disorderly conduct complaint made near where we got these guys,” Parker said. &#8220We then pulled the vehicle over and saw the marijuana there in the vehicle.”

Parker said the estimated street value of one pound of marijuana is between $1,000 and $1,500. The estimated street value of 2.5 grams of cocaine is about $40, Parker said.

Police also found a Smith and Wesson .38 special handgun in the center console as well as 2.5 grams of cocaine on Pringle's person.

Pringle, who is a retired corrections officer outside of the state, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, while Bibb was also charged with resisting arrest.

Pringle was released from the Butler County Jail on Jan. 11 on a $20,000 bond, while Pringle remains in jail as of early Friday morning on a $10,000 bond.

&#8220We want citizens to know that drug enforcement is our No. 1 priority in Greenville this year,” Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram said. &#8220We are working on it every day and are being very diligent with it.”

In mid-December, Greenville police with its special response team arrested and charged two Greenville men on drug charges following a raid of a home on Reid Court.

Roy Lee Crenshaw, aka Danny Crenshaw, 48, of 100 Reid Court was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, second-degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas Canaty, 46, of the same address was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, second-degree.

Parker said that police found marijuana, cocaine and a firearm in the home after obtaining a search warrant. He said that police had been tipped to drug activity from that home and had been keeping it under observation for quite some time.