On April 13, 2011, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations narcotics officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic offense.
During the stop, investigators noticed a large Home Theater System box in the back of the vehicle.
A BCSO K-9 officer was called to the scene and the dog alerted on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics.
A search of the vehicle revealed over twenty pounds of high grade marijuana and a pound of powdered hashish, an extract of marijuana.
The driver of the vehicle, Britton Cook, DOB 2-6-52, of 2354 Pretty Bayou Drive, Panama City, was arrested and charged with
Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Hashish with Intent to Distribute and Principal to introducing Marijuana into the State.
A search warrant was executed on Cook's residence on Pretty Bayou Drive where more marijuana was discovered.
It is believed by investigators that this marijuana was originally
grown in northern California and transported to Bay County after being harvested.