COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Colleton County deputies arrested a 50-year-old man after they say found 48 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle during a traffic stop.
Ovidio Jesus Martinez is charged with trafficking marijuana, according to Colleton County Sheriff's Lt. Shane Roberts.
A deputy stopped a GMC Envoy on I-95 Tuesday at approximately 9:02 a.m. after seeing the vehicle change lanes without signaling, according to an incident report. Martinez told the deputy he was driving from North Carolina to Florida. The deputy reported seeing "several indicators of criminal activity," including a Red Bull Can, 5-hour Energy bottle, a coffee cup, a book bag in the rear seat and three new cardboard boxes in the rear cargo area, the report states.
A K-9 officer responded and alerted his handler during a free-air sniff that some type of drug activity was within the vehicle, the report states.
Deputies say they found 72 bags of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana during a search of the vehicle.
Martinez was being held on a $10,000 bond, according to Colleton County court records.