Oklahoma City traffic stop results in discovery of nearly 500 pounds of marijuana

Two men who produced fake Mexican driver's licenses during a traffic stop Sunday were arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County jail after almost 500 pounds of marijuana was found in their vehicle, authorities said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm •  Published: November 5, 2012
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A traffic stop Sunday ended with the discovery of nearly 500 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $750,000 and two arrests, authorities said.

Members of the Central Oklahoma Metro Interdiction Team conducted a traffic stop about 4 p.m. Sunday on SW 25 near S May Avenue when the driver of a pickup was seen driving at a high rate of speed, according to an Oklahoma County sheriff's news release.

“When approached, both the driver and the passenger produced fake Mexican driver's licenses,” Sheriff John Whetsel said in a statement.

Several cardboard boxes wrapped in tape were in plain sight in the backseat and bed of the pickup.

A police dog was called to search the pickup alerted his handler that there were drugs in the vehicle, the news release states.

“There were a total of six boxes containing 369 packages of marijuana that weighed a total of 492 pounds,” Whetsel said.

Authorities arrested Cruz Rodriguez, 20, and Jose Pena, 17, and booked each into the county jail on a complaint of trafficking a controlled dangerous substance.

The bail for Rodriguez and Pena was set at $25,000 each.


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