On Sunday, March 11, 2012 around 8:49 p.m. Officer Paul Young with the Cleveland Police Department was patrolling in the 1000 block of U.S. Highway 59 northbound where he observed a U-Haul moving truck traveling north on 59 that was failing to maintain a single marked lane.
Officer Young initiated a traffic stop on the U-Haul truck, and met with the driver who was identified as: Anton Cortez Garvin, Sr., a black male, age 46, showing an address in Belleville, Illinois. Garvin was asked about his travel, and where he was coming from and his destination.
Garvin stated, “he and a girlfriend had been living in the Pasadena area, but have recently broken-off their relationship. Officer Young questioned Garvin about what was in the back of his truck, and Garvin said, “just some of his furniture”. Garvin allowed Officer Young to look inside the back of the truck. According to Officer Young indeed furniture was inside the back of the truck, but he also smelled an odor of marijuana. The furniture appeared to be in poor condition, according to Officer Young.
Officer Young said, he noticed a dresser that had broken hinges, a broken drawer, and a missing lower drawer. The position of the dresser, and the path leading to it appeared very suspicious to Officer Young. According to Officer Young the closer he got to the dresser the odor of marijuana
became stronger. Underneath the dresser Officer Young discovered a new black duffle bag stuffed in the area of the missing drawer. The duffle bag had an odor of marijuana emitting from it. Officer Young removed the bag and opened it, and noticed a large block wrapped in green plastic film. The block appeared to contain a green leafy substance that was believed to be marijuana. Garvin was immediately placed under arrest by Officer Young, and later transported to the Cleveland Police Department’s jail.
Anton Garvin was charged with felony possession of marijuana less than 50 lbs., but more than > 5 lbs.; Third Degree Felony; an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of a third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than 10 years, or less than 2 years, in addition may be fined not to exceed $10,000.