MORGAN COUNTY — A pair of Missouri residents were arrested Friday morning for allegedly possessing over 100 pounds of marijuana.
James Roger McCollum and Joyce Ann Pressnell, both 59-year-old residents of Lake Ozark, Missouri, were booked in the Weber County Jail Friday afternoon. Both are charged with possession of marijuana totaling 100 pounds or more, a second-degree felony.
McCollum is also charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony. Pressnell is charged with misdemeanor counts of possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.
The arrest began with a simple traffic stop on Interstate 84. A Utah Highway Patrol trooper noticed a blue truck closely following another car at an “unsafe” distance, then the truck failed to signal before changing lanes, according to the affidavit. The trooper initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 107, and the blue truck pulled to the side of the road.
When the trooper walked to the vehicle and asked the driver for his license and vehicle information, he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car, according to court documents. He asked that the driver step out of the vehicle and follow him to the squad car.
The trooper asked the driver, who police say was McCollum, if he or his passenger had medical marijuana cards, to which he replied he did not. The trooper then asked how much marijuana was in the vehicle, and McCollum allegedly said the woman in the car had a small amount because she has cancer.
When questioning the passenger, who police say was Pressnell, she told the trooper that she did not have a medical marijuana card, and that she had marijuana in a green case in the backseat.
While searching the car, the trooper lowered the tailgate and allegedly found 118 vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana, each weighing around one pound. The packages were allegedly “stacked in plain view once you opened the tailgate,” according to a probable cause statement.
Police also allegedly found containers of THC oil and edibles, among other marijuana products. A loaded 9 mm handgun was also found in the vehicle. While placing McCollum under arrest, he allegedly told police there was a loaded gun in the center console.
The two were arrested in Morgan County and booked in the Weber County Jail around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. Both McCollum and Pressnell posted bail amounts of $15,000 and $12,680, respectively, and were released from jail on Saturday.
Charges were formally filed Monday morning, and the two have yet to be assigned an initial appearance date in Morgan’s 2nd District court.