Thu, Nov 26, 2015


Man says "NO" to police searching his cell phone - Murfreesboro Police seek warrant

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A man involved in a traffic crash on NW Broad Street at Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro told police they could not search the 2008 Dodge Charger he was driving. 26-Year old Brandon S. Ford told officers that his passenger known to him only as “Kayla,” fled the scene before police arrived.

Law Enforcement personnel determined the car did not belong to Ford and the rightful owner showed up on the scene and gave police permission to search the Charger. That was when a bag of what is believed to be Heroin was discovered under the passenger seat. The authorities then found several syringes, of which Ford claimed ownership of. A digital scale was also located along with a burnt metal spoon. Ford said those items belonged to the “Kayla” subject who fled the scene.

Evidently, Ford would not give police permission to search his cell phone either. Police have filed for a warrant to check the phone. If this case unfolds in a similar nature to other recent cases, police will be looking for drug related text messages if the warrant is approved. Right now, the phone remains in the police evidence room, untouched.

As for the substance that is believed to be Heroin, it will be tested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Nashville. Those test usually take two weeks or more. Charges for the substance are pending the results of the TBI test.

To make matters worse, Ford was driving on a suspended license. The charge shows that this was his 5th time to be caught driving on a suspended license. As a result, he was charged with “Driving on a Suspended” license for the fifth time. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia because of the syringes that he claimed were his. 

Ford, who is a Murfreesboro resident, will appear in court this October.

Note: The traffic crash that Ford was initially involved in was not believed to be a serious accident. 


MPD Arrest #14-13616
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

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