A man was arrested after being stopped for following another car too closely, and officers located nearly 5 pounds of marijuana in the car. On Friday, February 24, 2017 around 8:20 p.m. an officer stopped 36-year-old Ryan Taladay of South Carolina because he was following too close to another car on N. Mt. Juliet Road near West Division St.
While the officer was speaking to Taladay through the driver window, he noticed there was a strong marijuana odor emitting from inside the car. Taladay told the officer that he had a small amount of marijuana in the car, but officers found much more after searching. Inside the passenger area, officers located 5 prescription size bottles of marijuana, approximately 1 pound of marijuana wax, approximately 11 ounces of marijuana butter, 1 small jar of marijuana cream, and approximately 3.5 pounds of loose marijuana. Much of the marijuana was packaged in vacuum-sealed containers. Other items in Taladay’s possession were glass pipes and around $1,500 in cash. All of the illegal items were seized, including his cash.
Detectives from Mt. Juliet’s Crime Suppression Unit responded to the scene to investigate deeper into Taladay’s actions, and it is believed that Taladay was distributing illegal drugs in the Mt. Juliet community.
Taladay was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Possession of a Schedule VI (marijuana) drug with Intent to Resale and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.