Man arrested after stop yields 22 pounds of marijuana

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) – An Austin man was arrested Friday in Williamson County after a traffic stop uncovered more than 22 pounds of marijuana. According to the arrest affidavit, John Fleming Lumpkin, 28, was stopped after an officer noticed him speeding along the 183-A toll road with a broken brake light.

After speaking with the driver, the officer says he noticed Lumpkin was shaking and then gave the officer a Colorado address that differed from the address on the Colorado license he provided. The officer says Lumpkin claimed to be from Colorado and visiting family in Austin, but the officer said Lumpkin was living in Northwest Austin.

After he was asked to exit his car, the officer says Lumpkin rolled up the windows and locked the doors. Police documents say Lumpkin refused to let the officer search the vehicle, so a K9 unit was used. The dog sniffed out the narcotics in the trunk, the document said, and the officer conducted a probable cause search.

Before starting the search, Lumpkin told officer “he had a lot of medical marijuana inside the vehicle,” the affidavit said.

A search turned up several pounds of marijuana, THC vapor pens, tablets, candy and brownies. Lumpkin was placed in custody for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a 1st degree felony.

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