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Hilton Head men arrested with 19 pounds of marijuana, Xanax, handgun

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(Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)

If you're going to break the law, it's probably best not to draw attention to yourself. Two Hilton Head men now in jail on drug trafficking and weapon charges probably wish they'd considered that.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office says it arrested Forrest Bryan, 25, and McKinley Johnson, Jr., 29, Wednesday near the town of North.

The sheriff's office says a deputy pulled over the two men after noticing the driver, Bryan, speeding and weaving across the center line.

When he approached the car, the deputy reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana. A K9 officer was called to the scene, and detected drugs in the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies searched the men's car, and say they found a small package of marijuana in duffel bag, 19 pounds of marijuana in suitcase, 70 Xanax pills hidden in a shoe, and a .40 caliber handgun in the trunk.

The sheriff's office says the men admitted to paying $57,000 for the marijuana, but say that much marijuana would be worth more than $75,000 on the streets.

Bryan and Johnson were charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking marijuana, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

A judge set their bond Thursday at $50,000 each.