Montana Highway Patrol seized more than eight pounds of marijuana and arrested one person during a traffic stop on Thursday.

The man arrested, 52-year-old Steven Daniel Martin, was charged with one count of felony criminal possession with intent to distribute. He appeared Friday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.

Justice David A. Carter set bond at $5,000 at the hearing and ordered a GPS monitoring unit if he is released.

According to court documents, a trooper pulled over a vehicle after seeing it tailing another on Interstate 90 on Thursday night. Martin was driving and his wife was in the passenger seat, charges state.

Martin's wife allegedly told the trooper that they were visiting a cousin in Washington, while Martin said they were visiting a cousin in Oregon, according to court documents.

The trooper noted a marijuana smell in the vehicle, and Martin reportedly produced a small bottle of it from the center console. After a K-9 unit alerted to a smell in the vehicle, the trooper obtained a search warrant.

They found six one-pound bags of marijuana and three additional bags weighing 2.5 pounds, as well as edible marijuana products, charges state. Another bag reportedly contained five empty bands for labeling stacks of money. The bands were labeled $1,000.

Martin is scheduled to appear in Yellowstone County District Court on April 26.

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General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.