By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A defective brake light led Crockett Police Officers to arrest a 27-year-old man on a warrant for burglary and possession of marijuana on the night of Saturday, Nov. 24.

According to an affidavit of probable cause statement, Crockett Police Officer Adolfo Garcia was on patrol Saturday night – at approximately 11:20 – when he “… initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of East Houston Avenue and 7th Street on a 2009 Silver Aura Saturn for a defective 3rd brake light.”

While speaking with the driver, identified as Brodrick Gerome Hollman, the CPD officer noticed a “… strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle,” the report indicated.

A second CPD officer, Cpl. Jeffery Dean, also arrived at the scene of the incident, at about this time.

“Cpl. Dean gave Hollman instructions to keep his hands on the steering wheel, but Hollman continued to move around inside the vehicle, reaching towards the back seat. Hollman then stated to Cpl. Dean there was marijuana in the vehicle,” the affidavit stated.

A Ziploc bag containing “… multiple individually packaged bags of marijuana” was discovered and Hollman was placed under arrest.

When the officers ran his name and date of birth through the Houston County dispatch, it showed Hollman had a warrant for his arrest on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

Hollman was transported to the Houston County Jail where he was booked into custody for possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor, along with the warrant for burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony.

According to Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

The Class A misdemeanor charge carries a possible sentence of up to a year in a jail and a $4,000 fine.

Hollman was “no-bonded” on the burglary charge and remains at the Houston County Jail.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.