UPDATED at 10:20 a.m. with more detail from court records
A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper grew increasingly suspicious about Ricky Allan Martin’s travel story and his “fake” yawns.
On the side of a highway near St. Joseph, those suspicions Thursday led to a huge drug bust and arrest of a St. Louis area man.
Martin, 61, of Sunset Hills, is now behind bars in western Missouri after police seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle he was driving.
Martin is charged in Andrew County with first-degree drug trafficking, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Martin lives in the 10500 block of Anton Road in Sunset Hills. He was paroled from prison in May after serving time for robbery.
Martin was stopped about 5:30 p.m. Thursday by the Missouri Highway Patrol trooper on Interstate 29. Martin was driving a rented Chevrolet Suburban, pulling a flatbed trailer with a Volkswagen Beetle on it.
Trooper Jeff Maudlin was heading south on the highway when he saw the tires of Martin’s trailer go over the lane lines several times. The trooper stopped him about three miles north of St. Joseph, Mo., and asked Martin to sit in the patrol car with the trooper.
The trooper ran a computer check, which showed that Martin was on parole. The trooper asked Martin where he got the rental vehicle. Martin told him from the Nevada-California area. The trooper’s report referred to that as “major drug source area.”
Martin told the officer he had picked up the Volkswagen there, and that he planned to drop off his rental vehicle in the St.