A routine traffic stop near Elko resulted in the seizure of 7.5 pounds of marijuana on Sunday morning.
A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper stopped an eastbound black Mercedes Benz for speeding and as he approached the vehicle he noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the car.
The driver was identified by his Nevada license as 35-year-old, William Dashawn Nixon out of Lorain Ohio, his male passenger was identified as 27-year-old, Lewis R. Price from Ohio.
NHP Spokeswoman Barbara Stapleton said that during the traffic stop the trooper noticed that Nixon appeared to be nervous and fidgeting in his seat during the stop while Price stared straight ahead without moving.
When asked, Nixon said he had no marijuana in the vehicle. Mr. Nixon was asked to exit the vehicle and go to the right rear of his vehicle where he was given a citation for speed.
After the traffic stop was concluded and Nixon was free to go, the trooper asked him again about the odor of marijuana in his vehicle. Mr. Nixon again stated there was no marijuana or any other kind of drugs in his vehicle and gave the trooper consent to search his vehicle. Nixon was given a written consent to search form which was explained to him. Nixon said he understood and signed it. His vehicle was searched to make sure there were no drugs of any kind. Upon completion of the vehicle search the trooper found several sealed packages of marijuana inside the rear bumper.
Nixon and Price were placed under arrest and booked into Elko County Detention Center forpossession of controlled substance/marijuana, possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, and transport of controlled substance.