Driving in the passing lane landed a 23-year-old Illinois man in jail on drug charges.
A Saline County Sheriff’s Deputy reported that Delon Dalton was driving in the passing lane just after midnight on Dec. 3. The deputy made a traffic stop between the Interstate-135 junction and the Hedville exit.
Undersheriff Brent Melander said that the deputy called for backup after detecting the odor of marijuana. During a search of the Kia Rio, a rental car, deputies seized 9.4 pounds of marijuana.
The marijuana was stored in plastic bags in a duffle bag that was kept in the trunk. Undersheriff Melander said that deputies searched the trunk after finding evidence of marijuana in the driver’s side floorboard.
Dalton was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and no drug tax stamp. He was also cited for a left lane violation.
This arrest comes just days after deputies made a similar stop on I-70 that ended with them seizing over 30 pounds of marijuana.
–Reported Dec. 1–
The traffic stop occurred just before 11:20 p.m. on Nov. 28 near milepost 246 between the Hedville and Halstead exits. Sheriff Roger Soldan said that the deputy pulled over a 2012 Dodge Durango for driving in the left lane.
A search of the vehicle was conducted after the deputy reported smelling a strong odor.
Sheriff Soldan said deputies found 32.2 pounds of packaged marijuana in the back of the Durango. They estimated the street value at over $140,000.
Arrested were 22-year-old Ryan Cullen, of Aurora, Colo., and 43-year-old Maritza Ortega, of Centennial, Colo. They are facing possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and no drug tax stamp charges.
Cullen, the driver, was also cited for a left lane violation.