2 arrested with cocaine, $16K on I-40 in Hickman County

HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men were arrested after troopers found cocaine and more than $16,000 inside their vehicle in Centerville.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported a trooper stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40 in Hickman County near mile marker 159 for following another vehicle too close.

When the trooper questioned the driver, identified as Deanthony Bryant, 20, of Antioch, he and his passenger, Shamain Johnson, 37, of Nashville, gave conflicting stories about their travel itinerary.

The trooper reported Bryant and Johnson were acting nervous, so the trooper asked for consent to search the vehicle.

Bryant gave his consent for the search but Johnson immediately denied, according to the THP.

The trooper then called for backup and requested the use of a drug detecting K-9, which gave troopers a positive alert.

A probable cause search was performed and two kilos of cocaine were seized from behind the carpet in the trunk area along the left and right fender wells.

Troopers also found $16,822 in cash in the center console of the vehicle.

Both men denied having knowledge of the cash and refused to  be interviewed. Bryant and Johnson were taken into custody and booked into the Hickman County Jail.

Bryant was charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of cocaine for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and following too close.

Johnson was charged with possession of cocaine for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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