Two charged with felonies in February traffic stop

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Virginia man and a North Carolina man are each facing felony charges in Saline County after the Missouri State Highway Patrol allegedly found unspecified amounts of marijuana and shatter, a product made through the extraction of tetrahydrocannabinol, inside a vehicle in which they were passengers.

Charges filed against Ralph Clay Minter, 42, of Spotsylvania, Va., and Yahya Sayid Ama, 24, of Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, May 17, include two class D felony counts each of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid and a class D misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Ama was additionally charged with a class A misdemeanor of possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid of 11-35 grams. The driver of the vehicle was also charged with a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The incident reportedly occurred Sunday, Feb. 5, at 9:47 a.m. on the south outer road of Interstate 70 in Sweet Springs. The officer of record reports the vehicle was stopped for following a tractor trailer too closely on the eastbound interstate. The officer reports detecting the scent of marijuana on the driver's clothing.

During a subsequent search, a black bag containing two mason jars of marijuana, an opened pack of shatter, and two smoking devices containing marijuana was allegedly found on the front passenger floorboard, where Minter had been sitting. A plastic bag in the rear floorboard, where Ama had been sitting, allegedly contained a mason jar containing marijuana, a clear plastic baggie containing marijuana, wax paper containing shatter, an unknown brown substance, a grinder containing marijuana residue, rolling papers and a rolling device.

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.