Two women are facing federal charges after a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper uncovered 20 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Thursday along Interstate 70 in Callaway County.

Court filings in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri show 32-year-old Aquil Limyra Davis of Los Angeles and Tyesha Ahsay Marshall, 43, of Lancaster, California, are charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to an arrest affidavit, a state trooper was parked on I-70 west of Kingdom City when he noticed a black car traveling “very” slowly — an exact speed was not available, but the minimum is 40 mph. The trooper activated his lights and siren and the driver, later identified as Davis, stopped the vehicle in the driving lane.

The trooper instructed the women to pull over to the shoulder of the highway and made contact with Davis and Marshall, who according to the affidavit appeared to be “extraordinary nervous and erratic." The women gave the trooper permission to search the vehicle and he located the methamphetamine near the cargo area and backseat of the vehicle.

The trooper took the women into custody and had the vehicle transported to the highway patrol zone office in Kingdom City. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration arrived and placed the women under arrest and questioned them.

According to the affidavit, Davis told authorities she was heading to Columbus, Ohio, to see her sick grandmother. However, she denied knowledge of the drugs and, according to the document, struggled to answer basic questions.

Marshall also stated they were en route to visit a sick grandmother, but was unable to offer a name. Authorities showed her a receipt from an Oklahoma business dated Aug. 29 and Marshall said the women also made a trip to Columbus two weeks prior.

Marshall told authorities during that trip they went to a hotel and she stayed in a room while Davis went to “do her thing.”

The courts have requested a federal public defender be appointed to represent the women. An order is pending they be held without the possibility of bond.

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