Franklin County authorities seized more than 66 pounds of high-grade marijuana, oils and THC extracts during a traffic stop on Interstate 44 Saturday.
Casey B. Eller, 42, Phelan, Calif., was stopped at 10 a.m. by a Franklin County deputy for a traffic violation on I-44 near St. Clair.
According to authorities, during the traffic stop a trained canine, Sadie, conducted an “air sniff” and detected narcotics in the maroon 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 with Oklahoma license plates driven by Eller.
A search of the vehicle yielded more than 30 kilograms, or 66.1 pounds, of a mixture of substances containing marijuana, according to the probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s roadway decorations.
The drugs were packaged in numerous plastic bags and concealed in boxes on the seats of the truck. Eller was the only person in the vehicle.
He was charged with second-degree drug trafficking, a felony. He is being held at the Franklin County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
According to Sheriff Steve Pelton, I-44 is nationally known as a route for drug trafficking.
“There’s no secret that I-44 is a major drug corridor for the U.S.,” he said. “Our deputies are trained to