Fake Army officer arrested for drug trafficking

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A Texas woman pretending to be an Army recruiting officer was arrested Tuesday after authorities found more than 400 pounds of marijuana in her vehicle.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton, in a statement Wednesday to FOX6 News, said Jeri Shonte Lacy, 31, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon when a sheriff's deputy noticed Lacy's vehicle following too close to a vehicle in front of it. The vehicle had U.S. government tags on the front and rear bumper of the vehicle and U.S. Army decals on both sides. After pulling the vehicle over, the deputy noticed the tag numbers on the front and rear tags did not match. The deputy also noticed the driver was nervous and notied a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Sheriff Sexton said the vehicle was searched and deputies found 20 bundles of marijuana totaling 403 pounds. Lacy was arrested and placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Sheriff Sexton said because Lacy was using counterfeit tags and claiming to be an Army recruiting officer when she wasn't, the FBI is now investigating.

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