MOUNTAIN LAKE — Two men were arrested Friday night while traveling through Mountain Lake and allegedly carrying both cocaine and marijuana in the vehicle.
During a traffic stop, a Mountain Lake police officer smelled raw marijuana and asked driver Morrell Thomas, 44, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and passenger David Bryant, 39, of Brooklyn Center, to exit the vehicle so he could search it.
The rented vehicle was due back in Las Vegas, Nevada in 22 1/2 hours, but Thomas and Bryant were heading east on Minnesota 60.
Thomas reportedly told police that he doesn't smoke or drink, and Bryant said that Thomas doesn't smoke marijuana, but he does. Bryant produced from his pocket two black bags and a jar, all full of commercially produced marijuana.
During the vehicle search, a shoe box and a suitcase were found containing bags of marijuana that weighed about seven pounds in total. The suitcase also had two clear bags with a white, powdery substance that was later determined to be cocaine. The cocaine weighed in at 81.8 grams.
Bryant and Thomas were arrested and charged with first-degree drug possession, a felony with a maximum possible sentence of 30 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine, and fifth-degree drug possession. Each had bail set at $50,000 with conditions or $100,000 without.