LAWRENCEVILLE - If not for a cracked windshield and inoperable tail light, more than 22 pounds of marijuana might have reached its Gwinnett destination, police said.
Gwinnett County police arrested two men Wednesday as they traveled down Interstate 85 near Ga. Highway 20, reportedly to unload the 10,123 grams of weed at a local mall.
Marcus Bosier, 27, of Atlanta, and 30-year-old Giovanni Willingham, of Powder Springs, are each being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail, charged with drug trafficking.
According to police, an officer stopped the 1999 Ford Explorer just after 2 p.m. when he noticed the non-moving violations.
The driver, Bosier, acted nervously and smelled of marijuana, police said, after being removed from the vehicle to speak with the officer. Conflicting stories about why they were headed to the mall (to buy children's clothes, to meet a girl they met at the club who works at Foot Locker) raised the officer's suspicions, police said, prompting him to make a discreet call for backup units and a drug-sniffing K-9.
After the officer spoke with both men and told Bosier he was being issued a warning citation, reports said, Bosier was grateful, promising to get the brake light fixed as soon as he got off the interstate.
"As he walked away with his license and the citation, I asked him if I could ask him a question," the officer wrote in his report.
"Yes," Bosier reportedly said.
Anything illegal? Guns? Marijuana? Cocaine? Meth?
All negative, Bosier reportedly said.
Can I search the vehicle? Bosier asked.
Negative, as well.
When the K-9 arrived on scene, police said, she "alerted" to drugs inside the sport utility vehicle.
A subsequent search uncovered the bundle of marijuana in the rear of the vehicle, according to police, wrapped in dryer sheets to help mask the odor.
Reports said Willingham asked for an attorney but that Bosier admitted to picking up Willingham and the drugs in Powder Springs, aware that they were going to "meet someone to sell the marijuana."
Police said they also seized $447 from Willingham.