Traffic stop reveals 40 pounds of marijuana

Monday, February 27, 2012 | 3:01 p.m. CST; updated 9:23 p.m. CST, Monday, February 27, 2012

COLUMBIA — Three Maryland residents were arrested and charged Sunday on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana and second-degree drug trafficking, according to a news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped a Chevrolet Suburban near mile marker 131 on Interstate 70. Sgt. Paul J. Reinsch, Missouri State Highway Patrol public information officer, said after speaking with the driver, the trooper became suspicious and requested a search of the SUV.

The trooper said the driver consented to the search, and 40 pounds of marijuana were uncovered in the cargo area of the SUV.

The driver, Demetrius R. Davis of Windsor Mill, Md., and passengers Sierra L. Brown, 25, and Curtis M. Rayford, 23, both of Randallstown, Md., were arrested at the scene, according to the release.

Davis, Brown and Rayford were being held at the Boone County Jail. Brown's bond was set at $25,000, but the other two bonds were not set as of 2 p.m. Monday, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department's website.

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