A routine traffic stop on Dec. 27 resulted in Cowden police confiscating 11 pounds of marijuana and charging two Centralia men with possession with intent to deliver cannabis (2,000-5,000 grams.)

Cowden Police Officer Tim Taylor conducted the traffic stop on a vehicle for improperly displayed registration and improper lane usage, according to a press release.

Taylor smelled the strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle, changing the scope of the stop from minor traffic violations to an investigation of possible drug violations, the release said.

The driver, Zackary Weaver, 28, of Centralia, freely admitted to having cannabis products in his pocket, according to the release. The passenger, Aaron Downs, 39, also of Centralia, freely admitted to having cannabis products under his seat inside of the vehicle, the release said.

Taylor searched the remainder of the vehicle and discovered approximately 11 pounds of suspected cannabis inside the trunk, the release said.

All cannabis items, as well as $4,400 cash found in Downs’ pocket, were seized as evidence.

Weaver was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Cannabis 2000-5000 Grams, as well as Driving While License Suspended. Downs was also arrested for Possession with Intent to Deliver Cannabis 2000-5000 Grams. Downs also had an Effingham County failure to appear arrest warrant.

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