KENNEBEC-Two men from Washington were arrested in Lyman County recently for allegedly transporting more than 10 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 90.
On Aug. 14, police pulled over an eastbound car driven by Yiel Woul, 22, of Spokane, Washington. Woul was reportedly driving 2 mph over the posted speed limit, and he pulled over and stopped at exit 235 when a Highway Patrol officer activated his emergency lights.
The officer reportedly smelled a strong odor of air freshener while the vehicle was pulled over. Woul allegedly said that he and his passenger, Joshua McLean, 37, of Raymond, Washington, were on their way to visit McLean's family in North Carolina.
When he was asked to allow a search of the vehicle, Woul refused, and the officer then walked a police service dog around the vehicle. The dog reportedly indicated that illegal drugs were present.
According to court documents, a locked purple suitcase was found in the trunk, and both Woul and McLean denied that it was theirs. The officer pried open the suitcase and allegedly found 10 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, each of which weighed about one pound.
Additionally, three THC oil cartridges - one new and two used - were allegedly found in the back seat of the vehicle.
Woul and McLean were placed under arrest and transported to the Brule County Jail, but they were later released on bond.
Both men are charged with possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute more than one pound of marijuana, both of which are Class 3 felonies. They are also charged with possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a Class 5 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 2 misdemeanor. If convicted of all charges, they face up to 35 years in prison.