Spare tire filled with pot leads to arrest

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YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. -- Sheriff's officers found Monday nearly nine pounds of marijuana hidden in a truck’s spare tire during a stop on the eastbound State 140 highway in Yavapai County, authorities said.

Officers stopped a truck for equipment violations at about 7:15 a.m., according to authorities, and one deputy could smell marijuana coming from inside the truck. The deputies questioned the driver, identified as 26-year-old Johnathan Ford, and the passenger, 29-year-old Kelcey Ford, and the two gave contradictory travel plans.

Ford gave the deputy permission to search the truck, according to authorities, and the deputy found a digital scale covered in marijuana residue. When checking the outside of the truck, another deputy saw fresh fingerprints on an area of the spare tire otherwise covered in road grime. The deputies found seven packages of marijuana inside the tire after inspection.

Both Fords, originally from Oklahoma, were arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Dentention Center on suspicion of possessing or transporting marijuana for sale. They are both being held on $50,000 bonds.