Deputies seize 11 pounds of marijuana
A Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy arrested two men Friday afternoon on charges of transportation of marijuana for sale after he found 11 pounds of marijuana stashed under two spare tires during a traffic stop for a lane change violation.
At 12:30 p.m., the deputy stopped a white Chrysler sedan with a Maryland license plate on I-17 north of 169.
As the deputy talked to the driver, Vian Nelson, 23, and his passenger, Ajoola Oladeinde, 24, both of Maryland, he noticed several conflicting statements about who owned the car and their travel plans, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
When the deputy asked Nelson and Oladeinde if there were any illegal drugs in their car, they both denied transporting any drugs and consented to the deputy searching their car.
The deputy found a black plastic trash bag under two spare tires in the trunk that had five vacuum-sealed bags containing 11 pounds of marijuana, D'Evelyn said.
The deputy booked Nelson and Oladeinde into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of transportation of marijuana for sale.
Both men remain in jail on $10,000 bonds, D'Evelyn said.
The car and several items related to drug sales such as cell phones, bank receipts, and Arizona address lists were seized pending further court action, D'Evelyn said.