Two New York men face drug trafficking charges after Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized more than 36 pounds of marijuana after stopping a vehicle on Interstate 77.

Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrests of Christopher Bennett Mclenahan, 35, of Syracuse and Christopher Bennett Mclenahan, 35, of Cicero in a news release.

On Wednesday, June 2, deputies assigned to the ICSO Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a Massachusetts registered 2021 Volkswagen Passat for a traffic violation at mile marker 54 on the southbound portion of I-77, Campbell said.

After stopping the vehicle, the deputies spoke with Mclenahan and Brice. While speaking with the two men, the deputies noticed inconsistencies in the information being provided by the two men, according to the news release.

K-9 Abby was brought to the scene and gave a positive indication to the odor of narcotics on the vehicle, Campbell said.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies located 16,374 grams (36 pounds) of hydroponic marijuana, along with approximately 4,218 grams (9.3 pounds) of THC edibles inside the vehicle, according to the news release.

Both Mclenahan and Brice where were arrested on scene without incident. They were transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where each suspect was charged with felony trafficking marijuana by possession, felony trafficking marijuana by transportation and felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

The two men appeared before Magistrate Chambers, who issued each suspect a $200,000 secured bond.

4 thoughts on “Sheriff: Two New York men face drug trafficking charges after I-77 stop and seizure

  1. Keep chasing this harmless substance while meth and heroin ravages this community. ICSO is a joke.

    • On June 4, 2021, the ICSO seized 4 pounds of methamphetamine with an approximate value of $180,000.

  2. My question is what was the traffic stop for??? Hopefully not for the “light out” scenario. I’m not For drugs but I’m also not for people being stopped by profiling on the interstate unless there is a really valid reason.

  3. Great job Iredell Co sheriffs department! What a state determines illegal is illegal until law is changed. Even in VA they would have been arrested for that amount of weed, had they been caught. Sheriffs Department is doing their sworn duty. Proud of them.

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