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FHP Seizes Approximately 170 Lbs of Illegal Marijuana

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 08:33:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Troopers say that they found around $1.5 million worth of marijuana after they stopped a tractor-trailer car hauler for driving dangerously on I-75.

The Florida Highway Patrol said that in May, they stopped the hauler because it was driving dangerously and following to closely on I-75. 

During the traffic stop, troopers at the scene smelt a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from several boxes and duffel bags. A K-9 on scene confirmed their suspicions and troopers did a search of the vehicle.

As a result of the search, they found approximately 170 pounds of illegal marijuana, which has a street value of over $1.5 million.

“FHP is committed to interrupting drug trafficking activities on Florida’s highways which was evident during this traffic stop,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Through aggressive education and patrol, the FHP is dedicated to stopping the illegal flow of drugs into our communities.”

 The driver denied any knowledge of the contraband within the vehicle and was placed under arrest and transported to the Alachua County Jail.