(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Thirteen pounds of marijuana and some baked marijuana goods were discovered during a traffic stop in Pottawattamie County Monday.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said at around noon, Deputy Miller was working on Interstate 80 near the 7 mile marker when he noticed an eastbound 2012 Ford Mustang exceeding the speed limit. Deputy Miller stopped the vehicle and after speaking with the driver and passenger, Deputy Miller suspected the two were possibly involved in transporting drugs. Danker said at that point he had his service dog Francisco do a free-air sniff around the vehicle.
“Francisco alerted on the vehicle that there was a smell of a presence of drugs coming from the vehicle and Deputy Miller then searched the vehicle and located 13 pounds of marijuana, that were packaged pounds of marijuana, and he also located some baked marijuana goods that were in the vehicle,” said Danker.
Danker said 20-year-old Ryan Vardeman, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and 26-year-old Charles Thompson, of Huntington Park, California, were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Tax Stamp Violation, and Prohibited Acts. Both were booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail.