A Charlotte, N.C., man faces drug charges in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, after his arrest on Interstate 40 on Aug. 4 by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) trooper.
Bruce Cilmup, 25, was charged Monday with trafficking in illegal drugs, maintaining a place for keeping and selling a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
The OHP trooper reported stopping Cilmup on I40 for speeding and finding more than 50 pounds of marijuana in his pickup truck.
Cilmup was released on a $41,000 bond on Monday.
The trooper’s report, filed with the charges, indicates Cilmup was driving east in a blue pickup truck at 77 miles per hour and was stopped for speeding near Mile Marker 299 on I40. During the stop the trooper reported seeing suspected marijuana residue in the truck and noted that Cilmup was “extremely nervous.”
The suspect denied permission to search the truck, but the trooper walked his dog around the vehicle. The narcotic detection dog did alert and the trooper was able to search the truck where he found marijuana edibles, a substance identified as THC (marijuana) wax, and a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette. Numerous bags of vacuum-sealed bundles of green leafy substance, that field tested positive as marijuana, were found in a rear storage hatch inside the truck’s bed.
Cilmup was then arrested and booked into the county jail.
He is to be arraigned on the charges Aug. 16 by Associate District Judge Kyle Waters.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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