Tennessee State Troopers find 100 pounds of marijuana inside motorhome

 

Tennessee Drug Stop Motorhome

 

The driver of a motorhome was arrested after the Tennessee Highway Patrol says they found 100 pounds of marijuana inside his vehicle.  The traffic stop happened on Interstate 24 East in Marion County as the driver, identified as 40-year-old Lester Beltran, was heading to Miami, Florida.  According to the THP, a trooper conducted the traffic stop and “observed several indicators that indicated possible criminal activity.”  More troopers were called to the scene to assist, and K-9 was deployed inside the motorhome.  When questioned, Beltran allegedly said several empty duffel bags and moving boxes were full of household goods because he was moving.  According to a press release, a trooper asked him to open a box and confirm the contents.  At that time, Beltran reportedly stated, “It’s marijuana.”  Troopers say they then found six cardboard boxes with 83 vacuum-sealed bags of high-grade marijuana totaling 100 pounds.  The vehicle was seized and the suspect was arrested without incident.  An investigation revealed Beltran was traveling from Colorado, where he stated he obtained the marijuana to take back to Miami, Florida.  The motor home was registered to Beltran’s wife’s company out of Montana.  “States like Tennessee, where marijuana is not legal, are beginning to see more of the drug which may have been grown legally in another state and then trafficked in to states like ours,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott.

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