Maury County Deputies Stumble Upon Drugs, Make Three Arrests
by Chris Cannon
COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Deputies sent to serve a warrant in downtown Columbia stumbled upon several large bags of drugs, which led to the arrests of three people.
Deputies went to a business on Woodland Street to arrest Robert Armstrong, but discovered a different illegal issue.
"Our officers could smell the smell of marijuana, real strong odor there in the business," said Captain Jimmy Tennyson of the Maury County Sheriff's Department.
After noticing the drug odor, the deputies looked around the business and noticed what was responsible for the smell.
"Seen a pretty good quantity amount marijuana there, in somewhat of plain view," according to Captain Tennyson.
Deputies also found a small bag of crack cocaine. They estimate the drugs have a street value of nearly $15,000.
According to the sheriff's department there was also $9,000 in cash found inside the business. Deputies also confiscated two Chevrolet Blazers and a Ford Expedition.
Not only did the deputies arrest Armstrong, they also took Brandon Lewis and Courtney Shyes into custody and charged them with several drug offenses.
All three men were booked into the Maury County Jail and face various drug charges. Armstrong will also face the charges the led to his original arrest warrant.