Two men sitting in an SUV next to a hotel on Armory Drive evidently appeared slightly suspicious so Murfreesboro Police stopped to speak with them. During the conversation, the officer asked if they were staying at the hotel in question. Driver Greg Dotson, age 19, evidently said no.
Police then noticed a small amount of marijuana residue on Dotson’s lap. Dotson then admitted to having a blunt inside his vehicle. That was when police asked the two subjects to exit the SUV.
During a search of the Chevy Tahoe, police found synthetic marijuana, which is a growing problem in Tennessee. One of the biggest concerns is the fact that most synthetic marijuana is stronger then naturally grown weed. Users don’t always have the same reaction to synthetic marijuana because it can vary in strength.
When police further investigated the SUV the two were in, it was realized that it had been reported as stolen. The vehicle was previously stolen in Rutherford County. The owner of the Tahoe, was called to the scene to retrieve his vehicle. Dotson, along with 18-year old passenger Luis Gallardo, were charged with motor vehicle theft and possession of a synthetic cannabis. The duo will appear in court this August.
More on Synthetic’s:
Synthetic marijuana is often called K-2 or Spice. It was first introduced in the United States in 2008. It was once legally available at convenience stores throughout Tennessee. Now, most users order it online. It is often marketed as incense.
MPD Arrest Report #14-12518A,B