Authorities said that 12-15 pounds of marijuana were recovered after a traffic stop in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon.
Cleveland Narcotics Officer Michael Melton, assisted by Bolivar County Narcotics Officer Ray Morris, made a traffic stop in the 500 block of North Bayou Avenue to serve an active arrest warrant on Ricky Gant.
"Officers from the Cleveland Police Department and the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department recognized the driver of a vehicle and new that he had a warrant out for his arrest," said Cleveland Police Chief Charles "Buster" Bingham.
"While in the process of searching him, the officers found a small amount of marijuana on his person," Bingham said. "Through further inspection, they noticed a large, unusual package in the back of the car."
When asked about the contents of the package, Gant began giving answers that Bingham said, "just didn't make any sense."
With suspicions high, Gant was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant and a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle, including the package.
During the search of the package, which was wrapped in paper towels soaked in an ammonia-like solution to hide the drug's scent and covered in common aluminum foil, was large "bricks" of the drug.
Bingham said that the police and sheriff's departments will continue to be committed to getting the illegal drugs off of the streets of Cleveland and Bolivar County.
"We are going to continue to combat this problem of narcotics as hard as we possibly can," he said. "Like the old saying goes, 'if you're going to play, then you better be willing to pay,' because we are coming."
Gant, 36, of 107 David Ave. in Mound Bayou, was charged with possession of marijuana over five kilograms and is scheduled to have his initial appearance before a judge sometime today.
As of this morning, Gant was being detained at the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility.