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Wife: Husband innocent in marijuana, rotten lime delivery

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Cauthen Prentis (left), Kenneth Shelton (right) Cauthen Prentis (left), Kenneth Shelton (right)
Shelton was arrested at the Welcome Inn in East Memphis, accused of transporting the marijuana from near the Mexican border. Shelton was arrested at the Welcome Inn in East Memphis, accused of transporting the marijuana from near the Mexican border.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A wife fighting for her husband's freedom says he was wrongly arrested when more than 400 pounds of marijuana was found in the truck he was driving.

Kenneth Shelton has been a truck driver for more than 20 years. His wife said he was just doing his job, picking up a load, and he didn't know what was in the sealed trailer: rotten limes and 400 pounds of pot.

"He's locked up. He's lost his freedom He could lose his CDL. He might go to prison," said Shelton's wife, Julie.

Shelton was arrested at the Welcome Inn in East Memphis, accused of transporting the marijuana from near the Mexican border.

Julie Shelton says he picked up the sealed load in Texas and drove it to the parking lot at the motel.

Police reports say several day laborers were hired to unload what appeared to be crates of rotten limes.

Investigators also say Prentis Cauthen and a woman rented a van and the forklift used to unload the semi-truck.

Originally the load of limes was supposed to be delivered to a so-called Asian Market in West Memphis, according to the shipper.

The West Memphis address is a church.

"I think it's a bad thing particularly for them to say to deliver to this address a church," said Pastor Dennis Little.

The motel manager called police when she saw the limes being unloaded and stacked up in a fenced area.

When they arrived, investigators say Prentis Cauthen took off but was later found by police.

Shelton let police search the truck with K-9s. They found the marijuana under the limes. Memphis police will not release the photos of the 400 pounds of marijuana.

Julie Shelton says her husband had no idea he was hauling drugs and never saw what was in the truck until it was being unloaded.

Kenneth Shelton being held on a $500,000 bond. He has a bond hearing on Friday. 

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