More than 5 pounds of marijuana and several weapons were found during a routine traffic stop May 27 on Interstate 35E.
An Ellis County sheriff’s deputy was on routine patrol at about 2:14 p.m. when he saw a northbound Jeep Cherokee that was traveling in excess of the speed limit and made a traffic stop at the 387-mile marker.
“Upon interviewing the driver, he detected an odor of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle,” Sheriff Johnny Brown said. “While interviewing the driver and the passenger, he asked if there were any illegal narcotics or weapons in the vehicle or on their person and got permission to search.”
The deputy found a switchblade knife on the driver and a loaded 9mm handgun in the vehicle, Brown said, adding, “Upon further investigation of the vehicle, he found an amount of marijuana greater than 5 pounds in the rear cargo area.”
Brown identified the driver as Travis Wayne Carlson, 17, and the passenger as Ronald R. Isom, 24, both of Elgin.
The two men were taken into custody and booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center.
Carlson was charged with possession of marijuana more than 5 pounds, less than 50 pounds; unlawful carrying of a weapon; and prohibited weapon (relating to the switchblade), with total bonds set at $20,000. He has since been released on bail.
Isom was charged with possession of marijuana more than 5 pounds, less than 50 pounds, and unlawful carrying of a weapon, with total bonds set at $15,000. He remains in custody.
“We will be filing seizure papers on the vehicle,” Brown said.
He also expressed his appreciation to Italy Police Department for its backup.
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