Fourteen pounds of packaged marijuana was seized and two people arrested following a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 13 early Sunday morning.
Basheiya James, 34, of Atlanta, Ga., and Carl Gayle, 41, of New Orleans, La., were taken into custody and charged with felony trafficking in marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for the storage of drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sampson Sheriff’s Cpl. Marcus Smith pointed out once again how valuable traffic stops prove to be on area highways. “This is a great example of how drug thugs use motor vehicles and our highways to conduct their business, and how our proactive efforts pay off.”
The stop came around 1:21 a.m. when deputies with the Criminal Interdiction Team, working the area of U.S. 13 near Maxton Bass Road, stopped a black 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup for a minor traffic violation.
Smith said during the stop deputies learned that there were minor outstanding warrants against both the driver and passenger, and while the officers were talking with the driver, James, and Gayle, who was a passenger, they noticed a strong smell of marijuana, leading to a search of the vehicle.
During the search, Smith said, a tote was discovered in the back seat containing the packaged marijuana.
Both James and Gayle were immediately taken into custody and charged. Service of warrants from other jurisdictions, Smith said, were still pending.
The pair were jailed under separate $35,000 bonds. They are scheduled to make appearances in Sampson District Court later this week.