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Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest, Seizure Of 34 Pounds Of Marijuana

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was arrested after police found 34 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle during a traffic stop along Interstate 40 on Tuesday afternoon.

An officer stopped a white SUV for following too closely behind a tractor trailer along the eastbound lanes near Bellevue. The driver of the SUV, identified as 43-year-old Benjamin Hampton, told the officer he had flown from Ohio to Texas for a job interview, missed his return flight, and then decided to rent the SUV to drive back home to Canton.

Police said his story did not seem plausible, and the officer asked to check two large pieces of luggage in the rear cargo area. When Hampton did not answer, the officer used his K-9 partner, Caine, to check the vehicle.

Caine indicated the presence of a narcotic odor at the back of the SUV. A subsequent search revealed a 21 pound bundle of marijuana in one suitcase, and a 13 pound bundle in the other.

Hampton refused to answer questions about the marijuana.

He was charged with possession of marijuana for resale, and was held in the Metro Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

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