Shortly before 5 p.m. on 4/7/2011, Fayetteville Police Officers initiated a traffic stop on a Dodge Charger for a registration / insurance violation. Upon activating their blue lights, the driver Ryan Hines Savage (23) pulled the vehicle into a parking lot. Before officers could approach the vehicle, Ryan Savage and his wife, Melissa Savage (25), both of Bitterroot Court in Fayetteville, exited the vehicle and proceeded to walk towards a local restaurant. Ryan Savage and Melissa Savage refused to comply with the officer's instructions to return to the vehicle.
Initially, the Savage's were charged with several traffic related charges and Resisting, Delaying, and / or Obstructing a Public Officer. Based on further investigation, both suspects were charged with the following on 4/28/11:
- Possession with Intent to Sell Marijuana
- Maintaining a Vehicle for the Use, Storage, or Sale of Controlled Substances
- Conspiracy to Sell / Deliver Marijuana