Man Arrested for Pot Was Wanted for Memphis Armed Robbery
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man who police arrested Thursday afternoon for alleged marijuana possession was wanted by U.S. Marshals for an aggravated armed robbery in Shelby County, Tennessee.
28-year-old Dennis Carl Whitehead was spotted by Street Crimes Unit detectives on a curb near Ash St. and Bicknell Dr. The detectives allegedly knew of Whitehead's outstanding warrant, and took him into custody.
While searching Whitehead, detectives allegedly found a small bag of marijuana, and he was charged with possession of a controlled substance in addition to his warrant.
The Shelby Co. (Tennessee) Sheriff's Office said that Whitehead and another man allegedly robbed a home at gunpoint and escaped with cash Sunday, June 1.
Bail for the fugitive warrant charge was set at $1 million.
Whitehead has an extensive rap sheet dating back to 2002, and according to case records, was last jailed in 2012, again for marijuana possession.