On July 10, 2002, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Sergeant Daniel Hinton stopped a 1993 Nissan for unlawful window tint on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County. The driver, identified as Donnell Lanard Moses, was advised of the violation. While Sergeant Hinton was issuing a correction notice for a window tint violation, Trooper John Wilcox arrived on the scene as a backup. The vehicle was also occupied by Terrance Moses and Dujuan Cooksey. As Sergeant Hinton conversed with Moses, Trooper Wilcox conversed with Cooksey. Sergeant Hinton and Trooper Wilcox compared their conversations and noted discrepancies in the subjects' trip itineraries. Trooper Wilcox also advised Sergeant Hinton that he detected the odor of suspect marijuana. Sergeant Hinton utilized K9 "Bishop" to conduct a drug sniff of the vehicle. K9 "Bishop" gave a positive alert to the exterior of the vehicle and also to a blue REEBOK bag located on the rear seat. A physical search of the REEBOK bag revealed 14 plastic bags of marijuana (12 pounds), 2 plastic bags of cocaine (172 grams), 1 plastic bag containing 1 MDMA pill, and a .45 caliber LLAMA firearm.
All three subjects were arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, trafficking in cocaine, possession of MDMA, and possession of a firearm during a felony. The Jefferson County Sheriffs Office assisted in the initiation of a forfeiture proceeding on the 1993 Nissan and $3,232.00 in U.S. currency that was found on Cooksey.