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Traffic stop in Center results in felony drug arrest, seizure of pistol, drugs, $30K in cash

Pictured are the drugs, cash and pistol seized in a Center drug arrest. (Source: Center Police Department) Pictured are the drugs, cash and pistol seized in a Center drug arrest. (Source: Center Police Department)
Source: Center Police Department Source: Center Police Department
Benny Holmes (Source: Center Police Department) Benny Holmes (Source: Center Police Department)
CENTER, TX (KTRE) -

A traffic stop by a Center Police Department officer early Tuesday morning resulted in a Tenaha man getting arrested on seven felony charges, including “possession with the intent to distribute” and money laundering. The drug bust also resulted in the seizure of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, a pistol, and $30,616 in cash.

According to a press release, a Center PD sergeant and his canine partner spotted a black Chrysler 300 without its headlights leaving the Walmart parking lot at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The officer pulled the vehicle over in the 800 block of Hurst Street.

When the officer spoke to the driver, Benny Earl Holmes, of Tenaha, he noticed that Holmes was reaching for the floorboard of his vehicle, the press release stated. After the Center PD sergeant repeatedly ordered the suspect to get out the vehicle and show his hands, Holmes did so, according to the press release.

The press release stated that the Center PD officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the Chrysler 300, and took Holmes into custody.

With the help of another Center PD officer and two Shelby County Sheriff's deputies, the sergeant and his canine partner searched the car and found a .380-caliber pistol on the floorboard right next to two “big bags of marijuana.” In addition, the search also resulted in the seizure of 13.6 grams of methamphetamine, powder cocaine, a large amount of assorted pills, and $30,616 in cash.

Holmes was arrested at the scene and taken to the Center Police Department.

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