A man claiming to be a professional disc golfer was arrested Monday east of Rapid City after a South Dakota Highway Patrol officer found 78.5 pounds of marijuana in his sports utility vehicle.
Jeffrey Layland, 30, of Bowling Green, Ky., was stopped for speeding at mile post 67 by patrolman Matthew Oxner.
According to Oxner’s probable-cause affidavit, Layland told Oxner he was returning from a professional disc golf tournament in Missoula, Mont.
Layland refused to let Oxner search his SUV. Oxner’s drug dog detected marijuana during a perimeter search of the vehicle. A search of the SUV and its roof rack revealed marijuana stowed in a rear passenger’s door and luggage rack.
Layland is charged with a Class 3 felony for possession with intent to distribute 1 pound or more of marijuana and two misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Layland is free on a $30,000 bond.