More than two pounds of suspected methamphetamine was seized by Cherokee Sheriff's Office deputies Thursday afternoon after stopping a van for a traffic violation.

According to Sheriff's Office spokesman Jay Baker:

A deputy stopped the van on Thursday afternoon on Hickory Flat Highway west of Jep Wheeler Road when he noticed the vehicle was not maintaining its lane of travel. The deputy stopped the van and spoke with the driver, Carl Welchel, 48,  and the passenger, Tyler Morris, 28, both of Canton.

A Cherokee Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit arrived on the scene moments after the traffic stop, and the police dog signaled it smelled suspected drugs in the Dodge Caravan driven by Welchel. During a search of the Caravan deputies found 2.2 pounds of suspected methamphetamine in the rear of the vehicle. A small amount of suspected heroin was also located in Welchel’s pocket.

Both men were arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Welchel was additionally charged with possession of a Schedule I Drug (heroin). Both remained in custody at the Cherokee County jail without bond Friday.

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