A traffic stop by Arkansas State Police on Interstate 30 uncovered hidden marijuana and cocaine.

A traffic stop by Arkansas State Police on Interstate 30 uncovered hidden marijuana and cocaine.
ASP Cpl. David Forthman recently was driving eastbound within county limits when he observed a black Chevrolet pickup truck bearing an expired temporary license plate. After initiating the stop, he talked with Cole Ray Howard, 25 of Yoakum, Texas, and detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Howard initially denied having marijuana, but later revealed he previously had thrown some out of his truck. Forthman noted the driver appeared nervous and anxious. He again denied having any drugs in his truck.
After conducting a probable cause search of the vehicle, Forthman found a can of tire cleaner in the vehicle's center floor board. Forthman unscrewed the bottom of the can and discovered a false compartment that had bags of marijuana and cocaine.
Upon further inspection, a can of Ajax cleaner also allegedly held marijuana.
Howard was taken into custody and later charged with Class C felony possession of cocaine and a Class A misdemeanor count of possession of less than four ounces of a schedule VI controlled substance.
The reported weights of the substances were 35 grams for the marijuana and 3.5 for the cocaine.