Traffic stop on I-80 nets 2 arrests, 13-lbs of pot and “baked goods”


February 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County at around Noon, Monday, resulted in the recovery of 13-pounds of marijuana, some questionable baked goods, and the arrest of two men. Pott. County Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News this (Tuesday) morning, after Deputy Brian Miller pulled a Ford Mustang over for speeding on I-80 eastbound near the 7-mile marker, the deputy suspected the vehicles’ occupants were involved in the transportation of illegal narcotics.

When Miller’s k-9 partner Francisco conducted a “free-air” search around the car, the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics, and the vehicle was searched. Inside the car, Miller found vacuum sealed bags of marijuana, amounting to 13-pounds, and some questionable baked goods, which he suspected contained marijuana as an ingredient.

Taken into custody on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the intent to deliver, Prohibited Acts, and Violation of the Drug Tax Stamp, was 20-year old Ryan Vardeman, of Pittsburgh, PA, and 25-year old Charles Thompson, of Huntington Park, CA. The men were being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail, pending a closed-circuit video appearance before the magistrate.