A man and a woman were taken into custody and charged with trafficking marijuana after a drug task force received a tip that an airplane registered in California was scheduled to land at Crossville Memorial Airport.
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Casey Cox said there was little notice given to local law enforcement and that officers scrambled to assemble and detain occupants of the plane. Crossville and Cumberland County law enforcement officers arrived just as the plane had been refueled and was ready to resume its trip.
Taken into custody at the airport and later charged at the Justice Center were Dennis Howard Bonneau, 47, 15797 SW 20th St., Davie, FL, and Erin Elizabeth Reed, 34, 1109 Janes Rd., Arcata, CA.
Both are charged with possession of more than 70-pounds of marijuana for sale and/or delivery and both were placed under $500,000 bond.
While the press release states 66 pounds of packaged marijuana was seized, the arrest affidavits filed by CPD Mptl. Camden Davis reports 21 pounds of marijuana found in possession of Reed and about 70 pounds in possession of Bonneau.
A court date of Jan. 22 was assigned to the two suspects, according to their booking sheets.
The booking sheet shows a sister of Reed living in the Crossville area.
“This was a perfect example of how these task forces are supposed to work,” Cox said. “Capt. Jerry Jackson received a call from a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) office and Capt. Jackson alerted the local members of the Appalachia HDITA with the sheriff’s department and the city.”
“The city police department activated very quickly and were able to respond to the airport and detain the suspects.”
Cox added that they were joined by agents from the FBI and TBI.
A TBI press release states that on Thursday, law enforcement received a tip that a scheduled delivery to the Crossville Memorial Airport was on its way. When city police arrived, they found the light plane on the airport tarmac with Bonneau identified as the pilot.
A search of the plane yielded “66 pounds of pharmaceutical grade marijuana inside the airport,” according to the TBI release. Bonneau was taken into custody inside the plane while Reed was taken into custody in the airport’s lounge area.
While the booking sheet states Bonneau claims a Davie, FL address, the TBI press release identify him as having a Weston, FL address.
The marijuana seized was reportedly packaged and marked as pharmaceutical marijuana and a chewy product reportedly laced with marijuana was also found.
Early estimate of street value was placed under $500,000. As of press time, both suspects remained jailed at the Justice Center.