Traffic stop nets 20 pounds of marijuana

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A traffic stop near Lake Charles has landed two men in jail on drug charges.

According to a Louisiana State Police news release, troopers on Tuesday stopped a car on Interstate 10 eastbound for a traffic violation. After the stop, authorities say they received permission to search the car and found almost 20 pounds of marijuana in it.

State police say the marijuana has an approximate street value of $24,000.

The driver, 46-year-old Michael Stuart of St. Louis, Mo., and passenger, 44-year-old Michael Broom of Deland, Fla., were each booked with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. They're being held at the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. Bond has not been set.

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