A Memphis man wanted on theft and drug charges was apprehended Friday in Rutherford County by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Courtney Skinner, 27, is facing charges of theft of property over $500, felony possession of cocaine, simple possession of marijuana, and driving on a revoked driver’s license.
At about 9:30 a.m., Tennessee State Trooper Brian Carmouche stopped Skinner, who was driving, on a seatbelt violation on Interstate 24 westbound.
According to the Highway Patrol, Skinner explained that his passenger had his identification card. The female passenger began searching her purse for his ID, when Carmouche observed a bag of marijuana inside.
Carmouche then conducted a probable cause search and also discovered approximately 11 grams of cocaine in the woman’s purse.
Further investigation also uncovered two new computers in the trunk, which were traced back as stolen property out of Wal-Mart stores in Springfield and Tullahoma.
The woman who was in the vehicle has not been charged in connection with the incident, due in large part because Skinner admitted to owning the drugs.
Skinner was transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on a $27,000 bond. A preliminary court hearing has not yet been scheduled in the case.