FHP seizes $1.5M of marijuana in traffic stop

Car hauler had 170 pounds of pot, troopers say


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Highway Patrol troopers and the FHP Criminal Interdiction Unit seized approximately 170 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop of a tractor-trailer car hauler on Interstate 75 in May.

Troopers said that they pulled over the hauler for driving dangerously and following too closely. During the traffic stop, troopers detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from several boxes and duffel bags. The drive denied any knowledge of the contraband. He was arrested and taken to the Alachua County Jail.

The drugs have a street value of over $1.5 million, police said.

"FHP is committed to interrupting drug trafficking activities on Florida's highways, which was evident during this traffic stop," said Colonel Gene Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. "Through aggressive education and patrol, the FHP is dedicated to stopping illegal flow of drugs into our communities."