Two Ohio men arrested in I-70 traffic stop

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

According to Saline County Circuit Court documents, two Ohio men were arrested after Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on East Interstate 70 near mile marker 68 on a silver Dodge Dart following a tractor trailer too closely.

The driver, Dustin B Miller, 22, and his passenger, Adam J. Dragt, 23, both of Columbus, Ohio, were detained after troopers noticed "indicators of criminal activity" while talking with the men. Officers were denied a search of the vehicle and a K-9 unit was called to assist. Documents show a Sedalia Police canine unit arrived and alerted to the odor of an illegal drug emanating from the Dodge.

A search of the vehicle revealed two duffle bags and a brown paper sack containing approximately 31 pounds of marijuana, as well as a vacuum sealer in a trunk compartment.

Felony charges were filed against both men Tuesday, April 12, by the Saline County Prosecuting attorney; Count I -- class B felony, possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Count II -- class A misdemeanor' unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, Miller and Dragt face up to five to 15 years in the Department of Corrections on count I and up to one year in county jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine on count II.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.