EARLY — Responding to Early police officers’ questions Sunday, Ashley Pruitt and Zachary Withrow said they believed drugs were inside the apartment the pair occupied.
But both said they didn’t know where.
Officers executed a search warrant, signed by Brown County Court-at-Law Judge Sam Moss, at the apartment in the 1000 block of Early Boulevard and seized marijuana and marijuana candy including gummies, cookies and other paraphernalia, Early police said.
Pruitt, 30, and Withrow, 28, were booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance over 4 grams under 400 grams in a drug free zone and possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, jail records state.
According to Early police:
Officers responded to the apartment after a caller reported a strong odor. Officer Andre Smoot smelled a strong odor of marijuana and made contact with Pruitt, who said she smoked marijuana the day before but said there were no drugs present.
Pruitt did not provide any further information and denied permission to search. Smoot removed the other occupant and a child, and contacted Detective Brandon McMillian, who responded. Officers obtained the search warrant, and Pruitt and Withrow said they believed drugs were inside but they did not know where. Officers searched the apartment and located the drugs.
In an unrelated incident, Smoot made a traffic stop Saturday in the 100 block of Live Oak and smelled marijuana while talking with Kylee Rittener, the driver. Rittener said she did not have any drugs. Smoot searched the vehicle and located marijuana and paraphernalia, and the driver surrendered a bag of marijuana from her clothing.
Rittiner, 18, of Brownwood, are arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces in a drug free zone, jail records state.