Traffic stop on Highway 36 results in drug arrest
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.
He was transported to the Marion County Jail where he is being held pending formal charges.
Trejo-Obeso was arrested for felony trafficking of a controlled substance.