The Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F drug dog sniffed out three stolen guns and roughly 222 pounds of marijuana in two incidents over four days in Cooper County.
“Who’s a good boy?” Troop F asked on its Twitter feed as it reported the finds.
Three people traveling on Interstate 70 were arrested as a result.
Tecori Elder-Scott, 27, of Clarkton, Georgia, was arrested Monday morning after Rony allegedly sniffed out 107 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Formal charges had not been filed as of Thursday afternoon.
Ezekiel Kenebrew, 26, of Norfolk, Virginia, and, 28, of Thomas Harrison III, of Newport News, Virginia, were allegedly found with about 115 pounds of marijuana Jan. 31 while detained off Interstate 70. Troopers also allegedly found three stolen firearms and two pills in their vehicle.
Each face a felony charge of second-degree drug trafficking, three counts of receiving stolen property, and three counts of having firearms while possessing drugs..
Harrison was also charged with forgery.
Corporal Zachary Czerniewski wrote in a probable cause statement that he saw Kenebrew merge lanes without signalling while driving a Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on I-70. When stopped, the vehicle had large duffle bags in the cargo area, he wrote.
Harrison initially identified himself with a Virginia driver’s license as Joshua Finney, of Chesapeake, Virginia, but was later correctly identified via fingerprints.
Kenebrew allegedly said they’d recently met a business partner in Denver and were planning to open a ‘pop up shop’ in St. Louis. Court documents show Harrison offered a slightly different story, saying they had just traveled to Kansas City for a ‘pop up shop’ and were returning to Virginia.
Kenebrew did not explicitly consent for troopers to search the vehicle but said ‘Well, if you have to,” Czerniewski wrote.
Rony arrived on the scene and indicated the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. A search netted 114 vacuum-sealed 1-pound bundles of marijuana and about 1.5 pounds of THC-infused edibles, according to court documents.
Troopers also allegedly found a stolen pistol in the center console and two more in a duffle bag, as well as two pills identified as stimulants commonly used to treat ADHD.
Kenebrew waived his formal arraignment Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.
His next court appearance is a motion hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday before Circuit Judge Keith Bail.