After a traffic stop on Interstate 70, three South Carolina residents were allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana.
On Sunday, Feb. 4, a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer observed a Jeep following another vehicle closely, according to a probable cause statement. The officer then initiated a traffic stop at the 72-mile marker.
Upon making contact with the driver and occupants, the driver identified himself as Michael T. Sawyer, 22, of Columbia, S.C. The passengers were identified as Jade M. Moses, 20, and William R. Wuller, 24, both from Columbia, S.C., the statement said. While speaking with Sawyer, the officer of record noticed an odor of air freshener and Sawyer’s voice to be shaky. The driver then advised he was traveling from California to South Carolina.
A records check revealed the three individuals flew to San Francisco and then decided to drive back in a rental vehicle. Through observing Sawyer’s nervous behavior and travel plans, the patrol officer asked to search the vehicle and was denied access, according to the probable cause statement.
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