Two California men were arrested over the weekend after Arkansas State Police allegedly found more than 100 pounds of suspected marijuana in their vehicle during what appears to have been a routine traffic stop.
Travis Wayne Philmlee, 39, and Joshua Adam Lopez, 20, were each arraigned on possession of a controlled substance charges on Monday and each set a bond of $250,000 by Circuit Judge David Reynolds after deputy prosecutor Susan Weaver presented each suspect as likely to flee if released, as neither has ties to Faulkner County.
Lopez told the court that he was unemployed and lived with Philmlee at a home at 93 Grant Ave. in Oroville, Calif. Philmlee told the court that he was employed and is the father of five children.
Deputy prosecutor Jason Barrett said on Monday that he has yet to familiarize himself with all aspects of the case, but he understood that the two were traveling through Faulkner County in a vehicle that appeared to have been made to resemble an ambulance or some type of medical transport vehicle. Lopez is also charged with the traffic violation of following too closely, which could reflect the initial reason for the ASP traffic stop.
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