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Deputies: Passenger in speeding car stopped in Upstate wanted by feds

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Gani Cole (L) and Stefan Ekobena. (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Gani Cole (L) and Stefan Ekobena. (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said while searching a car that had been pulled over along Interstate 85 for speeding, they learned the passenger was wanted by federal marshals.

Spartanburg County deputies said they pulled a car over near the 72 mile marker for speeding and following too closely just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Deputies said as they approached the car, they smelled marijuana. When the deputy asked the driver for his ID, deputies said the man replied it had been stolen along with his wallet and the passenger said he did not have an ID on him either.

After asking and searching the vehicle, deputies said they searched the passenger and found a clear bag with a green, plant-like material inside.

Deputies said they found a black luggage bag in the trunk with another small amount of green plant material, a Pennsylvania false driver's license, credit card, and a valid Maryland driver's license for the passenger.

When they searched his name in the national database, deputies learned the passenger, 25-year-old Gani Cole, was wanted by federal officials, according to the deputy's report. Deputies did not say what he was wanted for.

Deputies said in another bag in the trunk, they found three different Pennsylvania fake driver's licenses, a credit card and three postal money orders. They said they also found an original Washington, D.C. license for the driver underneath a seat. 

The driver, 22-year-old Stefan Ekobena, was charged with driving under suspension and Cole was charged with simple possession of marijuana. Ekobena has since been released from jail while Cole remained in custody Friday morning.

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