The Missouri State Highway Patrol has already recovered almost 300 pounds of marijuana since the start of 2018.
Troop H has seized nearly 200 pounds of marijuana — 165 pounds from a vehicle after a traffic stop in Buchanan County on Jan. 24, and 30 pounds a few weeks before.Troop F, which covers central Missouri, also obtained 100 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Friday, Jan. 26 on Interstate 70 in Cooper County.
Sgt. Jake Angle, with Troop H, said the busts rival those made in 2017.
“This has been the largest one this year. Probably one of the largest for most of last year,” said Angle.(tncms-asset)11cd4490-0611-11e8-9fa0-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
According to Angle, on Jan. 24 an officer pulled over the vehicle along Interstate 29 for a traffic violation. While conducting the stop, there were indications that led the trooper to believe there may be some criminal activity.
The Andrew County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit said it was requested by the trooper because the traffic violation occurred in Andrew County. K-9 “Rocko” alerted the presence of a controlled substance, which gave the officer a probable cause to search the vehicle. Several duffle bags full of marijuana were then found inside.
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