Over 100 pounds of marijuana netted in traffic stop near Amarillo
This past week officers found over 100 pounds of marijuana in a traffic stop near Amarillo.
A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper stopped a 2004 Ford Explorer around 6:30 on Thursday afternoon in Carson County. The stop led of a seizure of 166 bundles of marijuana. DPS officials estimated the 127 pounds was valued at around $560,000.
The occupants, Joshua Aaron Witz, 31, and Richard Ayala, 23, both of San Francisco, were arrested on first-degree felony charges of marijuana possession, 50 pounds or more and less than 2,000 pounds.
If convicted, they face a mandatory minimum of two years in prison, with a maximum of 10 years, along with a $10,000 fine.
The pair was allegedly transporting the marijuana to St. Louis from San Francisco. This is a regular occurrence for troopers in the area, as Interstate 40 seems to be a preferred choice for those transporting cannabis across the country.