Pound of marijuana found in traffic stop

Published 11:38 pm Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two Poplarville men have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute following a routine traffic stop.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said the traffic stop took place on Tuesday as Detective Rob Williams was patrolling the county and noticed a vehicle with an obstructed tag.

A stop was conducted on the vehicle on Charwood Street near U.S. Highway 11. During the stop Williams smelled what he believed to be unburnt marijuana and asked the driver, Arcelon Callais Jr., and the passenger, Aaron Knight, to step out of the vehicle, the chief investigator said.

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As the two men stepped out of the vehicle, Williams could see what appeared to be the corner of a large plastic bag containing a green leafy substance under the passenger seat, which turned out to be about a pound of the deputies believed to be marijuana, Saucier said.

Both Knight, 32, and Callais, 21, both of 151 Hillview Dr., Poplarville, were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, Saucier said.