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2 Arrested, Cocaine Found During Traffic Stop On Interstate 40

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jul 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-04 16:35:55-04

CENTERVILLE, Tenn. – Two men were arrested after troopers found cocaine and more than $16,000 in their vehicle.

Those with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a trooper stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40 in Hickman County near mile marker 159 for following another vehicle too close.

When the trooper approached the driver, identified as 20-year-old Deanthony Bryant, of Antioch, he and his passenger, 37-year-old Shamain Johnson, of Nashville, gave conflicting stories about their travel itinerary.

The trooper stated both Bryant and Johnson were acting nervous, so the trooper asked for consent to search the vehicle. Bryant gave his consent, but Johnson immediately denied.

The trooper then called for backup and requested the use of a drug detecting K9. The K9 gave the troopers a positive alert.

After a probable cause search, two kilos of cocaine were seized from behind the carpet in the trunk area along the left and right fender wells.

Troopers also found $16,822 in cash in the center console between the driver and passenger seats.

Both men denied having knowledge of the cash and refused to talk. Bryant and Johnson were taken into custody and lodged in the Hickman County Jail.

Bryant was charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of cocaine for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and following too close.

Johnson was charged with possession of cocaine for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.