CRITTENDEN COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A pickup truck stopped on Interstate 40 was hauling more than just a car. Police say it was also transporting 175 pounds of marijuana.
At 4:30 a.m. Friday, June 25, Arkansas Highway Patrol stopped a one-ton pickup truck hauling a small car trailer at its Lehi Weigh Station near West Memphis, according to a news release from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.
The driver, 43-year-old Rodney O'Neal Thompson of Atlanta, reportedly gave the AHP officer Seddrick Deshon McShan's driver's license, claiming it was his.
When the AHP officer noticed Thompson did not match the physical description on the license, he learned that Thompson's license had been suspended.
McShan, 44, of Riverside, CA, was actually the truck's co-driver, according to the report.
This and "other suspicious behavior" led the AHP officer to call a Crittenden County K-9 unit to the scene.
After the K-9 alerted on the top ramp of the car-hauling trailer, officers found 175 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of a 2013 Volkswagen.
Officers arrested Thompson and McShan on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Thompson was also charged with driving with a suspended license and failure to pay unified carrier registration fees.
Both suspects are being held in the Crittenden County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 bond each.
It's believed the marijuana was on its way to Atlanta from Washington State.
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