By JAMES BELL
A routine traffic stop on Jan. 1 led to the arrest of two Missouri residents on suspicion of drug distribution in Hays.
Around 11:59 p.m., a Hays Police officer pulled over a vehicle in the 3700 block of Vine for a broken headlight, according to Hays Deputy Chief of Police Brian Dawson.
During the stop, the officer detected the odor of marijuana and conducted a search in the vehicle. During the search, the officer found 3.53 pounds of marijuana and THC products, along with paraphernalia, according to Dawson.
Both the driver, George P. Bilheimer III, 38, St. Louis, and a passenger, Jodi Marie Walker, 34, St. Charles, Mo., were arrested on suspicion of drug distribution, possession of drug paraphernalia and no drug tax stamp.
During the stop, the driver Bilheimer also failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence following further testing at the Hays Law Enforcement Center.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.