Speeder caught with lots of pot

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Interstate traffic stop Wednesday leads to bust.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — An Oct. 5 traffic stop on Interstate 77 for speeding led to the discovery of more than five pounds of marijuana in the suspect vehicle, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Bobby Lyons pulled over a vehicle that had been traveling at 78 miles per hour near the 20.5 mile marker, authorities said. 

The driver, Anthony Tyrone Mainor, of Winston-Salem, N.C., did not have a valid drivers license to present to the deputy.

Mainor instead gave Lyons his brother's information and made several inconsistent statements, according to a news release. The vehicle's passenger did not have a valid driver's license either, so Lyons and Deputy Cody Edwards called for a wrecker to tow the vehicle.

Mainor told the deputies that the vehicle did not belong to him, so they conducted an inventory to see what was inside.

During the inventory, Lyons discovered more than five pounds of marijuana in the trunk.

"When Lyons and Edwards attempted to take Mainor into custody, he fled on foot, running southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 77," the news release said. "Mainor crossed both lanes of the interstate into the median with Edwards in pursuit."

The deputy caught Mainor, who then surrendered without incident, according to the news release.

The deputies charged Mainor with distribution of more than five pounds of marijuana, transporting the marijuana across state lines, obstruction of justice and two counts of forging a public document.

Mainor was held without bond awaiting an appearance in court.

The passenger, Sergio Diaz of Winston-Salem, N.C., also faces charges of distribution of marijuana and transporting marijuana into Virginia.

 He was also held without bond.