STEELE, Ala. (WIAT/QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Two Charlotte men are now in jail after officers recovered over 250 pounds of marijuana during a routine traffic stop in Alabama early Monday morning.

Steele Police Chief Mark Ward said that at approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday, a cargo van was pulled over at the 174-mile marker along Interstate 59 North in Steele. During the stop, K9 officer Tara detected marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. During a search of the car, officers located 250 pounds of marijuana that was reportedly hidden in moving boxes and in a toolbox.

Ron Banks (top left) and Jacory Martin (bottom left) – Source: Steele, Alabama Police Dept.

Jacory Martin, 37, and Ron Banks, 42, were both arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Martin and Banks were both taken to the St. Clair County Jail and each held on $1.5 million bond. Banks is also facing an additional charge of certain persons forbidden to carrying a firearm.

“We don’t like drugs coming through our community,” Ward said. “I’m glad this amount is off the street.”

K9 Officer Tara has been with the department for over a year.