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Man arrested after police smell marijuana
Suspect resists arrest, also wanted by Marshals Service
Martiel Sharmel Leeks

The smell of marijuana emanating from a car near a Fair Road restaurant Tuesday night led to a struggle, then a wanted man’s arrest.

An off-duty police officer noticed the odor of pot burning and contacted Statesboro Police Department K-9 Unit Advanced Patrol Officer Kyle Briley, said Major Robert Bryan, interim Statesboro police chief.

 Around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, the “off-duty Statesboro Police officer was in the area of El Sombrero on Fair Road when he observed a suspicious vehicle that smelled of marijuana,” he said. The off-duty officer called Briley arrived to investigate and contacted Martiel Sharmel Leeks, 35, East Duffy Street, Savannah, who was in the car, he said.

Leeks did not cooperate with Briley, who was forced to use a Taser to subdue him, he said.

“When Leeks exited the vehicle, he attempted to flee on foot … Briley grabbed Leeks and a struggle ensued (and) Leeks ultimately had to be subdued by the deployment of … Briley’s Taser before deciding to comply,” Bryan said.

Briley located marijuana in the vehicle and learned Leeks was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for probation violation. He was taken into custody, and booked into the Bulloch County Jail on charges of marijuana possession and obstruction.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.

Anonymous tips may also be made online at or by texting “TIPSSPD” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES).




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