Deputies find marijuana in hidden compartment of truck during traffic stop on I-17

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CORDES LAKES, Ariz. -- Yavapai County sheriff's deputies found more than 300 pounds of marijuana inside a hidden compartment of a pickup truck.

At approximately 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy stopped a 2005 Dodge Dually truck on north Interstate 17 near Cordes Lakes for following too close and unsafe lane change.

The deputy reportedly noticed the driver was unusually nervous and the vehicle interior emitted various scents from air fresheners placed inside.

The driver was identified as Nigel Davis, 37, of Spring Valley, N.Y. The vehicle was registered in Maryland to another person who Davis said he was buying the truck from.

The deputy said Davis provided two contradictory versions regarding travel plans.

A K9 was brought in and alerted on the truck.

Davis consented to a vehicle search and told deputies the alert was likely because he smoked marijuana the night before while sitting on the tailgate of the truck, according to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

As deputies examined the truck, they noticed an external fuel tank had recently been installed. The K9 alerted on the tank.

Deputies removed a recently painted ladder rack to access the non-original tank shell. With the shell removed, deputies found an access panel on top of the converted fuel tank. Once the panel was removed, several bundles of marijuana were located with a total weight of more than 342 pounds.

Davis was arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center for transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in custody on a $300,000 bond.