WAXAHACHIE — Two Metroplex residents begrudgingly turned their sizeable marijuana stash over to police officers after being pulled over for speeding on June 12.

The vehicle was stopped by officers with the Midlothian Police Department in the 2500 block of U.S. Highway 287.

“A little bit after 11 p.m. officer Aaron Walters was on patrol on Highway 287 and observed the gray Nissan Sentra traveling west at a speed that appeared to be greater than the posted speed limit. So he turned on his radar and it showed it doing 89 mph in at 65 mph zone,” Midlothian Police Capt. John Spann said. “So he initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. As he was talking with the driver, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. He asked the gentleman about the smell and the driver, Jalen Warren, admitted that he and the other gentleman had smoked marijuana in that car.”

Spann explained that this gave Walters probable cause to search the vehicle. Walters asked both occupants to step out of the vehicle. A second officer was dispatched to the location and search was then conducted of the vehicle. The search of the vehicle revealed a pill bottle with 44 grams of Alprazolam. Spann added that neither occupant of the vehicle had a prescription for the drug. Spann stated officers also found a smaller baggie of marijuana in the passenger compartment within the occupants, but 2.79 pounds of marijuana was discovered in the trunk of the vehicle.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website, Alprazolam is also known by its more common brand name Xanax and is classified as benzodiazepines. In the US benzodiazepines are prescribed by doctors for its sedative-hypnotic, anti-anxiety, muscle relaxant and anti-convulsant effects. They are also used as an adjunct to anesthesia, treatment of alcohol withdrawal and panic disorders.

“The vehicle was a rental vehicle, which is pretty common when they come across people that are carrying this kind of stuff. Numerous cell phones were all taken into evidence as well as the drugs,” Spann noted. “Since they were both in easy reach of the stuff they found they were both charged with possession of a controlled substance and the other charge.”

Officers arrested Arlington resident Nickolas Davis Arlington, 27, and Dallas resident Jalen Warren, 24. Both were taken into custody without incident. They have been charged with possession of marijuana greater than four ounces but less than five pounds and possession of a controlled substance more than 28 grams but less than 200 grams. They were booked into the Midlothian Jail and later transferred to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center where they have since bonded out.

The possession of a controlled substance charge is a third-degree felony has a punishment range of two to 10 years and a fine up to $10,000 fine. The possession of marijuana charge is a state jail felony charge that has a maximum punishment of 180 days to two years and up to a $10,000 fine.