Traffic Stop Yields 100 Pounds of Pot in Casket

Drug-sniffing dog tips cops to casket loaded with marijuana

A casket minus a cadaver yielded nearly 100 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop by Dallas police.

William Dale Crock of Cave City, Ark., was jailed Friday in Dallas on $100,000 bail on a marijuana possesion charge, plus traffic and seat beat violations. Lew Sterrett Justice Center online records had no listing for an attorney for Crock.

Crock was arrested Wednesday when bundles of marijuana were discovered under the casket's cover and pillow.

Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse told The Associated Press that the van turned up during surveillance on a suspected drug house.

Police stopped the van in Mesquite, after noticing Crock not wearing a seat belt, plus he allegedly ran a red light and did an improper lane change.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the casket in the van.

"Although it is uncommon for people to deliver contraband in coffins, it certainly is not unheard of," Dallas Police Lt. Andy Harvey said via email.

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