$300,000 Marijuana Found During I-40 Traffic Stop
On Monday a traffic stop on I-40 turned into more than another moving violation.
Around noon on Monday on I-40 at mile marker 56, near Bushland, Potter County Sheriff's Deputies stopped a car with two occupants inside, both from California.
During the traffic stop, deputies became suspicious of possible criminal activity and initiated a search of the vehicle. A K9 unit was deployed to the scene and conducted a free air sniff around the outside of the vehicle. The K9 alerted on the vehicle and indicated the odor of narcotics was present. The deputies then began a deeper search of the vehicle.
Inside the vehicle deputies found three suitcases. Inside the suitcases they found a total of 56 bags of marijuana, weighing approximately 50 pounds. Both subjects were arrested for felony possession of marijuana and booked into the Potter County Detention Center.
26-year-old Giovani Caraballo and 27-year-old Eli DelaCruz, both from California were taken into custody and charged.