Task Force seizes 67 pounds of marijuanaBy Matt Cole Published 11:08am Friday, January 24, 2014
The 17th Judicial Drug Task Force seized 67 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop early Friday morning.
The task force made the initial stop of a passenger bus at 2 a.m. Friday at the 52 mile marker on Interstate 20/59. The marijuana was found in a suitcase in the cargo hold of the bus.
The task force arrested Arisnei Jaimes Vences, 24, of North Carolina for trafficking marijuana.
“I’m proud of our interdiction agents,” Task Force Commander Clint Sumlin said. “They put in countless hours, day and night, and that’s what has made us successful.”
The Task Force’s drug K-9, Suza, alerted the agents as to where the drugs were. Sumlin said the marijuana would sell for between $500 and $700 per pound, totaling around $40,000.
Assisting following the initial stop were the Demopolis Police Department, UWA Police Department, Cuba Police Department and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department.
The 17th Judicial Drug Task Force was started in 2011 by District Attorney Greg Griggers. They work to stop drug trafficking and other illegal activity in Marengo, Sumter and Greene counties.