A Cleveland County deputy arrests a suspect and seizes $2,500 worth of marijuana during a traffic stop.

Nearly $2,500 worth of marijuana is off the streets thanks to a Cleveland County sheriff’s deputy and his canine partner.

The drugs were seized during a traffic stop in the area of Etowah Road and Oak Ridge Road, near Noble. As the deputy conducted the traffic stop and spoke to the vehicle’s driver, Eric Scott Matthews, 29, the deputy detected an odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.

The deputy used his canine partner who alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. As the deputy searched the vehicle, the deputy found a diaper bag that contained plastics bags, two plastic containers containing marijuana, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

The search also revealed a large hunting knife and two collapsible style police batons. As the deputy further searched the vehicle, the deputy found five individually wrapped bricks of marijuana. The marijuana weighed a little more than 5 pounds.

Matthews was arrested on complaints of with unlawful possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful carry of offensive weapons and no tax stamp.

He was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center.

Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan McCormick, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. McCormick can be reached at (405) 701-8847.