SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol) -

On July 10, 2014, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped an eastbound 2005 Freightliner, conventional, tractor-trailer truck, and conducted a commercial motor vehicle compliance inspection at the 84-mile marker of Interstate 44, in Greene County.

Suspicious circumstances led to the officers requesting and receiving consent to search the vehicle. A roadside search revealed several bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 711 pounds located inside the trailer.

The driver, Melvin D. Edmonds, 60, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was arrested for first degree drug trafficking and transported to the Greene County Sheriff's Office in Springfield, MO.

The charge for which the above person was arrested is mere accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the above charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence.