Meridian Star

December 14, 2012

MDOT seizes $500K of pot in Lauderdale County

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     On Wednesday at approximately 3:45 p.m., MDOT Enforcement Officers stopped a 1999 Freightliner tractor and van trailer at the eastbound I-59 Lauderdale inspection facility, for a routine weight, safety and paperwork inspection.

    The MDOT Enforcement Officers inspected the van trailer and located 24 large plastic wrapped bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 500 pounds.  The street value is approximately $500,000. The trailer was transporting black plastic pellets to Georgia.

    The source and destination of the marijuana is being investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and MDOT Enforcement. The tractor and trailer were impounded pending the results of the investigation.Arturo Garcia, 35, of Channelview, Texas was charged with possession of marijuana and placed in the Lauderdale County Jail pending arraignment.

    “We appreciate the diligence of our law enforcement officers,” said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. “We are proud of their continued efforts in seizing contraband before it impacts our communities.”

   “I am very proud of our officers and their diligence," said Chief Willie Huff, MDOT director of Enforcement. "We must continue our vigilance for all types of contraband before it reaches our streets or impacts our Homeland Security.”