A routine traffic stop in southwest Iowa Monday night resulted in two arrests and the seizure of 30-pounds of pot and a stash of cash. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says one of his deputies pulled over a car on Interstate-80 near Council Bluffs. Sheriff Danker says the two men in the car claimed they were on their way from Las Vegas to York, Pennsylvania.
The vehicle was stopped for speeding and the deputy said it looked like the men had been living out of the car for a while and he could smell marijuana. The deputy separately questioned the driver of the car, 48-year-old Anthony Wintermyers, and his 24-year-old passenger, Zachary Grove, both from York. He says their stories didn’t match.
The driver said they were in Las Vegas visiting someone, while the passenger said they had been attending a NASCAR race. As he was questioning Wintermyers, the deputy also noticed he reeked of marijuana. Hemphill then asked for and received consent from Wintermyers to search the vehicle.
In the trunk, he discovered a black duffel bag containing 30-pounds of marijuana and a “fairly large” amount of cash. The men were brought to the county jail, where they were being held on charges which include possession with intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp and prohibited acts. Wintermyer was also cited for speeding.
By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic