250 pounds of marijuana recovered by K9 during a traffic stop


STEELE, Ala. (WIAT) – Two men have been arrested after Steele Police Department officers recovered more than 250 pounds of marijuana during a routine traffic stop early Monday morning.

Steele Police Chief Mark Ward said around 1:30 a.m. Monday, a van was pulled over at the 174-mile marker along I-59 North in Steele.

During the stop, K9 agent Tara detected marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. During a search of the car, officers found 250 pounds of marijuana believed to have been hidden in moving boxes and in a toolbox.

Jacory Martin, 37, and Ron Banks, 42, were both arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Martin and Banks, both of Charlotte, North Carolina, were both taken to St. Clair County Jail and each held on $1.5 million bonds. Banks also faces an additional charge of certain people being banned from carrying firearms.

“We don’t like drugs running through our community,” Ward said. “I’m glad that amount is on the street.”

Tara, a K9 agent, has been in the service for over a year.


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