Traffic Stop Leads to Pot Bust


by Anthony Burman

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C.-- Suspicious driving behavior on a local interstate lands two men in jail for having illegal narcotics and counterfeit DVDs.

Deputies observed a driver following too closely behind another car around 5 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 77 near Tomlin Mill Road. Deputies became suspicious of possible criminal behavior after speaking to the driver and passenger, who each had different stories about where they were headed.

The K-9 unit gave a positive indication of narcotics throughout the car. Two pounds of marijuana and almost 20 counterfeit DVDs were found in the back of the vehicle.

The driver, Jonathan Andrew Godwin, 29, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintain a vehicle for controlled substance, and possess drug paraphernalia.

The passenger, Michael Justin Cooper, 32, was charged with possession of counterfeit goods.

Godwin, who has an extensive criminal history, is being held in the Iredell County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond.

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