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10 pounds of marijuana discovered after high-speed chase

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

A defective headlamp led to the discovery of almost 10 pounds of marijuana Monday night, but not until after the suspect led DPS Trooper Zach Ward in a high-speed chase.


It was originally reported that the incident resulted in the recovery of more than 5 pounds of marijuana. On Wednesday, Ward said that once the evidence was processed, the bail of weed, found on the roadside in a black plastic sack, weighed in at just a few ounces less than 10 pounds.

Shelvie Darnell Cleaver, 28, of Fort Worth has been charged with a felony offense of possession of marijuana over 5 pounds, under 50 pounds.

Also in the vehicle was a female passenger who is pregnant. Ward said Cleaver claimed the passenger had no knowledge of the marijuana.

Ward attempted to pull over Cleaver on Hwy. 287, near Anderson Road, south of Henrietta. Cleaver, driving a black 2005 Chevrolet pickup, slowed the vehicle and pulled onto the shoulder, then drove away. Ward said Cleaver reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour before pulling over and coming to a stop about two miles from where the chase began.

As Cleaver slowed the vehicle, Trooper Ward called for backup.

When Ward ordered Cleaver from the vehicle, he smelled marijuana. Ward stated that a small red cup containing a small bag of marijuana and loose marijuana was in plain sight, leading to a search of the vehicle.

Clay County Deputy Kirk Horton searched the shoulder between the location of the initial stop and the final stop, locating the marijuana about four-tenths of a mile from where the chase began.

Cleaver was released Tuesday on a $25,000 bond.

Editor’s note: This story has been edited from its original version to more accurately reflect the amount of marijuana discovered, as well the location of the initial traffic stop and that there was a passenger in the vehicle.


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