Sheriff’s deputy finds $15k of pot, $18k cash in classic car

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EL RENO, Okla. - Three people traveling across the country in a classic car have been busted for carrying $15,000 worth of marijuana products.

When searching the 1966 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon, the deputy also found a stolen .22 calibur Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol and $18,697 in cash - which the sheriff thinks likely came from selling drugs.

The deputy also found two ounces of another, more concentrated form of marijuana called 'shatter.'

"What's really dangerous about this is the concentration is about ten times the level of THC, which is what you'd get if you were just smoking," said Undersheriff Chris West. "We're glad we were able to take these drugs off the street and put these people behind bars where they need to be."

Joseph Miller, 22, his uncle Stephen Pendleton, 42, and Pendleton's girlfriend Christina Maddox, 19, are in the Canadian County Jail on an array of charges.

A deputy observed the three swerving as they traveled eastbound on I-40 near the 134 mile marker.

The car also had a broken tail light.

"[The deputy] saw a 1966 model Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon, and that caught his attention," West said. That's a classic car you don't see a whole lot. Not knowing if the driver was tired or intoxicated, he thought, 'Hey, based on what I've seen, I'd better stop him.'"

After pulling the car over, the deputy immediately smelled marijuana.

The driver tried telling the deputy that he had found the classic car on a vacation to Oregon and was driving it to Tennessee.

He said the two passengers were hitchhikers.

Miller's bond is set at $10,000.

Pendleton and Maddox have their bonds set at $35,000.

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