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I-75 traffic stop leads deputies to seize $121K worth of marijuana, THC vape pens

Posted at 10:30 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 18:39:43-04

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — In the wake of a Georgia Department of Health investigation into possible illnesses associated with vaping nicotine and/or products containing THC, the Lowndes County Sheriff's office has seized more than 1,300 THC vape pens and 9.5 pounds of marijuana after an I-75 traffic stop.

On Tuesday, deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement unit conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Flex on I-75 at the 11 mile marker.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the Ford Flex, when he saw the driver, 26-year-old Pavis Keff Posang, almost strike the rear end of the vehicle driving in front of him.

When the deputy pulled Posang over, the deputy noticed that he was extremely nervous. After a K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, a probable cause search was conducted.

During the search, deputies uncovered 9.5 pounds of marijuana and 1,301 THC vape pens valued at around $121,200.

Posang was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and a schedule 1 drug.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness in people who reported vaping. DPH said many patients acknowledged a history of vaping nicotine and/or products containing THC, the component in marijuana that gives the high sensation.

For more on the Georgia DPH's investigation, click here.