A 23 year-old man was arrested on a felony drug charge during a traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 40 in Johnston County.
A special agent with NC Alcohol Law Enforcement (NC ALE) was on patrol on I-40 near McGee’s Crossroads and stopped a car for speeding in the eastbound travel lanes. After approaching the vehicle, the NC ALE agent said he detected a strong odor of marijuana. During a search of the car, approximately 8.3 ounces of suspected marijuana was seized.
The driver, Fernando Madrigales of Erwin, was the only person in the vehicle. He was charged with felony possession of marijuana.
Madrigales was released after posting a $2,500 secured bond.