A traffic stop on Interstate 40 Thursday morning by a Sequoyah County deputy resulted in the arrest of two South Carolina men and the confiscation of 221 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
Authorities estimated the street value of the marijuana at about $1.7 million.
Facing charges of trafficking in drugs, are John Myers III, 22, and Dominick Maurice Booker, 28, both of Colombia, S.C.
Sequoyah County Deputy Steven Jenkins said he stopped an SUV for a traffic violation at the eastbound 305-mile marker of Interstate 40 about 10:30 a.m.
When he approached the driver, Jenkins said he had planned to issue a warning but he immediately smelled the odor of marijuana. Jenkins said he took the driver and a passenger out of the vehicle and conducted a search.
During the search, Jenkins said he found two duffel bags of marijuana. The marijuana was vacuum-sealed in what is considered individual pounds.
It’s estimated such high-grade marijuana sells for about $500 an ounce
Myers and Booker remained in the Sequoyah County Detention Center Thursday with no bond set.