Authorities in southwest Iowa are now releasing details of a drug bust on Sunday afternoon. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says Deputy Brian Miller stopped a car for speeding on Interstate 80 near Council Bluffs and he became suspicious about the two men in the car.

They refused to let him search the car but did allow Miller’s canine partner, Francisco, to do a perimeter search. The dog reacted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle which provided reasonable suspicion and probable cause for Miller to search the vehicle.

During the search, the deputy discovered two garbage bags full of packaged marijuana. Combined, they weighed about 45 pounds. Both men were arrested on drug charges: the driver, 43-year-old Tou Thao of Eureka, California, and his passenger, 32-year-old Doua Thao, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Both men were being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $100,000 bond each.

By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic