Date/Time of Offense: Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Felony Trafficking Marijuana by Possession. Felony Trafficking Marijuana by Transportation, Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana
Location of Incident: Mile Marker 54 on Southbound Interstate 77
Suspect(s): Christopher Bennett Mclenahan, 35 Years Old
431 Chemung Street
Syracuse, New York
Nicholas Ronald Brice, 35 Years Old
8073 McCamidge Drive
Cicero, New York
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Wednesday, June 2, 2021 deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team conducted a traffic stop on a Massachusetts registered 2021 Volkswagen Passat for a traffic violation at Mile Marker 54 on the southbound portion of Interstate 77.
Upon stopping the vehicle, the deputies, spoke with Christopher Bennett Mclenahan, and Nicholas Ronald Brice both from New York. While speaking with the two men, the deputies noticed inconsistencies in the information being provided by the two men. Canine “Abby” to the scene. Upon being deployed Abby gave a positive indication to the odor of narcotics on the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle was then conducted. 16,374 grams (36 pounds) of hydroponic marijuana was located along approximately 4,218 grams (9.3 pounds) of THC Edibles inside the vehicle.
Both Mclenahan and Brice where were arrested on scene without incident. They were transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where each suspect was charged with: Felony Trafficking Marijuana by Possession, Felony Trafficking Marijuana by Transportation and, Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana.
The two men appeared before Magistrate D. Chambers who issued each suspect a 200,000.00 dollar secured bond on these charges.