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      Police: More than 24 pounds of marijuana found during traffic stop

      Police say two men have been arrested after officers discovered more than 24 pounds of marijuana in a car during a traffic stop.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - Police say two men have been arrested after officers discovered more than 24 pounds of marijuana in a car during a traffic stop.

      Antonie Terrell Parker, 26, and Roger Rivers, 27, were arrested Wednesday, according to acting Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago.

      Parker is charged with trafficking marijuana, transporting narcotics in a motor vehicle and possession of a pistol during commission of a violent crime.

      Rivers is charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of a pistol during commission of a violent crime.

      According to Santiago, the department's narcotics unit received information that drugs were being transported by a commercial bus from Atlanta to Columbia.

      Police say Parker picked up Rivers at the Greyhound bus station on Gervais Street. A traffic stop was initiated as the men drove on Devine street, which is when officers discovered around 24.5 pounds of marijuana with an estimated worth of $40,000 in a suitcase.

      A trained K9 officer alerted to the vehicle and assisted in locating the drugs, which were packaged in several layers of plastic wrap, according to a statement from police. Two .40 caliber pistols and $1,000 in cash were also taken by police.

      Both suspects were taken to the Richland County jail.