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Synthetic marijuana lands three behind bars

by Minden Press-Herald


Three men in a stalled vehicle were arrested after police discovered suspected drugs.

Minden Police arrested Derek D. Franklin, 37, of the 800 block of Carolina Street, Germylun Hawkins, 19, of the 100 block of Stanley Street, and Deravion Kinsey, 19, of the 6300 block of Highway 531 in Heflin. All three were charged with possession of synthetic marijuana.

Police Chief Steve Cropper says officers made contact with the three individuals when they came upon what appeared to be a stalled vehicle on Industrial Drive around 2 a.m., Sunday.

When the officers stopped with the vehicle, they made contact with Franklin and Kinsey, he




“Franklin lied about his name and his date of birth, and once they got his identification, we learned he had a bench warrant through our department,” he said.

During a search of the vehicle, a partially smoked suspected synthetic marijuana cigar and a partial package of cigarillos were discovered. None of the occupants took ownership of the synthetic marijuana or the package of cigarillos.

All three were placed under arrest on the synthetic marijuana charge and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were transported to police headquarters, and during a search of the three, officers located approximately nine grams of suspected synthetic marijuana in Hawkins’ underwear and a partial synthetic marijuana cigar in Franklin’s left sock.

Franklin was also charged with resisting by giving false information and a warrant for disturbing the peace.
Kinsey had two previous marijuana convictions and Franklin had three previous marijuana convictions. Officers also learned Kinsey and Hawkins were on probation and Franklin is on parole.

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