More than 3,000 pounds of marijuana seized in Bootheel traffic stop

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Missouri State Highway Patrol helped bring more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana off the streets and a Texas drug trafficker behind bars this week, KZIM KSIM reported. A commercial vehicle inspector signaled a tractor-trailer to stop Sunday evening at a weigh station in Pemiscot County on Interstate 55. The driver, 47-year-old Renaldo Martinez of Dallas, stopped at the station but then tried to leave. He was pulled over and the box trailer was searched. A trooper found 3,600 pounds of marijuana inside. Martinez and his passenger, 23-year-old Xavier Avila, were arrested for felony possession with the intent to distribute and possession of more than 35 grams of marijuana.

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