Shawnee police have released the names of two suspects arrested after a traffic stop along Interstate 40 led to the discovery of nearly two pounds of marijuana.
The arrests occurred after an officer clocked a Nissan Maxima without license plates traveling 84 mph on the highway near Harrison Street, with a police dog then alerting to the presence of narcotics.
Arrested and booked into jail were Demario Ramon Holmes, 30, of San Francisco, Calif., and Jerroll Lynn Richardson Jr., 35, with records showing addresses for Richardson in San Francisco, Calif., and Birmingham, Ala.
Formal charges have not been filed in the case and both are due back in court on July 22.
Holmes, who was driving at the time of the traffic stop, has a suspended California driver license, police reports show. Holmes remained jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Wednesday on a $200,000 bond. He was being held on complaints including distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.
Richardson has already posted a $15,000 bond on complaints of possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, jail rosters show.
Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said he had a full crew of officers on duty the day of the arrests so they were working enforcement in the safety corridor areas when the traffic stop occurred.
Along with finding nearly two pounds of marijuana in the vehicle, Frantz said $1,720 in cash was seized, along with a 9 mm pistol. Officers seized the vehicle as well.
A child who was traveling with the duo was taken into protective custody and placed in the Hope House shelter until relatives could be located, the chief said.
According to Frantz, the preliminary investigation revealed the suspects were allegedly traveling back to California from Alabama, with information from the probe indicating they were “making runs back and forth,” the chief said.
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