CARUTHERSVILLE - Three persons were arrested by the Missouri Highway Patrol on drug charges.
On July 14, at approximately 10:21 a.m., a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped a truck traveling north on Interstate 155 at the E-2 North Weigh Station.
The driver, Joel W. Irby, 21, of Fort Opelousas, La., was stopped for a routine check at the Missouri State Highway Patrol weigh station. While the trooper and commercial vehicle officer spoke to the driver he gave inconsistent information. The driver gave permission to search which revealed two baggies of marijuana in the sleeper berth.
Irby was arrested for possession of marijuana and taken to the Pemiscot County Jail.
On Monday, Irby waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He is to return to Pemiscot County Division I for Aug. 21 court appearance.
At approximately 7:44 p.m. July 13, a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped a northbound pickup on Interstate 55 at the 52-mile marker in New Madrid County for improper lane usage.
The trooper asked the driver Jose A. Gonzales, 21, of Fort Odessa, Texas, for and received consent to search the vehicle. The search revealed 26 bundles of marijuana located inside the spare tire stowed under the bed of the truck. During a K-9 sniff at the Troop E Service Center in Sikeston, MO, the K-9 alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed 10 bundles of marijuana concealed in the wall behind the driver and passenger seats.
Gonzales and Manuel V. Gaitan, 24, also of Odessa, were arrested for possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute and taken to the New Madrid County Jail. Preliminary hearings for both men are set for Aug. 9 in Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court.