Motel Room Search Prompted By Marijuana Smell

Police in Selma seized methamphetamines with a potential street value of $1,800 after searching a Selma motel room. It began around midnight Aug. 8th when a Selma police officer was on patrol in the parking lot of the Knights Inn at 100 Graham Street.

The officer had the window to his patrol car rolled down. The officer said he detected the odor of marijuana coming from the area of a specific room.  The officer stopped and walked to the area the marijuana smell.  The officer knocked on the motel room door and Diamond Claudeah Sharitta Henry of Dudley answered the door.

Henry allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana earlier and agreed to allow police to search the motel room.  Police said they located Henry’s boyfriend in the room and he also consented to a search, although nothing was found in his possession.

While searching the room, police said Henry grabbed her purse and put it on her shoulder and around her body.  Police said Henry began reaching in the purse as officers asked if she had any weapons. “I got a blade,” she said.  Police grabbed her hand to prevent her from reaching any further into the purse.

Police said they opened the purse and located a 3.5 gram bag of suspected marijuana and two bags totaling 18 grams of suspected methamphetamines.

The 21 year-old woman was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamines, felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.  She was held under a $40,000 secured bond.  Her boyfriend was released without charges.