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By Traci Chapman
Casey Sharp Ward, 21, of Dallastown, Penn., was stopped about 2:45 p.m. along Interstate 40 near Banner Road for allegedly failing to signal during a lane change. The Pennsylvania man was driving alone at the time, sheriff’s department officials said.
Deputies “smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and investigated further, locating 28 pounds of marijuana in the car trunk,” Sheriff Randall Edwards said.
Because deputies had probable cause to search after detecting the drug’s odor, they did not require the driver’s consent to search the vehicle, Undersheriff Chris West said.
“When you have a situation like that, coupled with the drug dog alerting to the drugs, it’s a lawful search without consent,” West said.
Ward was taken into custody and faces complaints of marijuana trafficking, conspiracy to commit a felony and concealing drug proceeds, Edwards said. He remained in Canadian County Jail as prosecutors with the district attorney’s office reviewed the case.
“That’s the second drug bust we’ve made recently, and we really appreciate the dedication of our deputies in being proactive in these cases,” West said Monday.