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Covington woman arrested by troopers in Tennessee

Special Photo. These two bales of marijuana were found by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in a vehicle driven by a Covington woman. Monique L. Moore, 29, was arrested and charged with possession of the drugs.

Special Photo. These two bales of marijuana were found by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in a vehicle driven by a Covington woman. Monique L. Moore, 29, was arrested and charged with possession of the drugs.

COVINGTON -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol has issued a statement regarding the arrest of a Covington woman who was found with two huge bales of marijuana during a vehicle stop on I-40 near Nashville.

Monique L. Moore, 29, of Covington was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule I drugs with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver after troopers located two large bundles, together weighing approximately 55 pounds, of marijuana in her vehicle.

According to a press release, the THP's Lawrenceburg Interdiction Plus Team Leader Trooper Michael Kilpatrick initiated the traffic stop at the 159-mile marker on Interstate 40 eastbound Wednesday near Centerville, Tenn. Moore was allegedly following too closely, but the trooper said he "immediately noticed signs of suspicious activity."

He and his fellow troopers asked permission from Moore to search her vehicle, but she declined.

"With the assistance of Trooper Kilpatrick's drug detection K-9, positive alerts were received on the vehicle," the statement reads.

Moore was arrested and transported to the Hickman County Jail where she was held on $25,000 bond. Her vehicle was impounded and the drugs were seized.