Traffic stop on Highway 36 results in drug arrest

      <font size="2">Efren Trejo-Obeso, 28</font>

      Thursday at approximately 8:05 p.m., a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped a 2007 Nissan Altima on U.S. Highway 36, just west of Missouri Route Z near Monroe City, Missouri.

      The driver was identified as Efren Trejo-Obeso, 28, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

      During the course of the traffic stop, several indicators of criminal activity were observed that made the trooper suspicious.

      Consent to search the vehicle was requested and denied; therefore, a canine unit from the Monroe City Police Department was called to perform an exterior sniff of the vehicle.

      The canine alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle revealed six packages believed to contain methamphetamine.

      The combined weight of the packages was approximately six pounds.

      Trejo-Obeso was arrested for felony trafficking of a controlled substance.

      He was transported to the Marion County Jail where he is being held pending formal charges.