Highway Patrol seize 232 pounds of marijuana

Highway Patrol seize 232 pounds of marijuana
232 pounds of pot seized during a stop on I-40. (Source: Arkansas Highway Patrol)

ALMA, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas Highway Police say 232 pounds of a green leafy substance found in a produce truck this week was not lettuce.

Instead, they say it was marijuana bound for Florida.

On Sunday, April 22, AHP attempted to stop a truck for a routine vehicle safety and weight inspection at the Alma Weigh Station on Interstate 40.

Initially, the driver failed to stop, but following a brief pursuit, officers told him to return to the weigh station where they inspected the truck.

According to a news release, officers noticed the driver appeared "nervous" and had discrepancies recorded in his log book.

They also reportedly found trash bags in the back of the trailer that "did not appear to be part of the legitimate load of produce."

After completing the inspection, officers obtained written consent to search the vehicle and found 201 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 232 pounds, the release said.

Officers arrested the driver and co-driver on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

According to the report, the truck was traveling from California to Tampa, FL.

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