Traffic Stop Leads To Discovery Of 29 Pounds Of Pot
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A traffic stop led to the arrest of a North Carolina man after the discovery of 29 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
An officer stopped a vehicle for following a tractor-trailer too closely and swerving along Interstate 40 east near Bellevue around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The officer noticed two full black duffel bags in the back floorboard of the vehicle, luggage on the back seat, and a used airline boarding pass in the center console.
Police said the vehicle turned out to a rental vehicle with a Colorado license plate. Paperwork showed it had been rented in Sacramento, California, on January 18, and was due in Raleigh, North Carolina, on January 25.
The driver, 44-year-old Chad Eric Bugg, of Wendell, North Carolina, initially told the officer he was traveling across the country doing roofing estimates.
The officer asked Bugg if he could check the duffle bags, and he agreed. The officer discovered 29 total vacuum sealed bags of marijuana inside the duffle bags as well as with the spare tire.
Police said Bugg admitted that he had flown from North Carolina to California with $38,000 in his carry-on luggage to purchase marijuana, which he planned to resell for a profit back in North Carolina.
Bugg was charged with felony possession of marijuana for resale. His bond was set at $150,000.