Police arrest man after finding 120 pounds of pot in vehicle | Local News
A Georgia man is facing felony trafficking charges after police found 120 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
Jose Mariano Garcia, 47, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Saturday after a Kentucky State Police trooper saw him going the wrong way on a ramp. Exit Interstate 65 at Elizabethtown.
According to Garcia’s arrest citation, he exited the vehicle once he was arrested and spoke with the soldier.
“Subject reported that he slipped on ice and lost control of his vehicle, however, the pavement was freshly salted and snow cleared and there was no ice,” wrote the officer who reported him. stopped in the quote. “I asked the subject how he slipped, and he stated that he was sleepy and spun on the ice on his shoulder, however, there were no tire marks to indicate that the subject had slipped.”
The officer believed Garcia was nervous due to a “visible carotid artery and was unable to make eye contact” while speaking to the officer, according to the citation.
According to the citation, the officer observed three large checked boxes, a large black duffel bag and a personal bag in the rear hatch area of Garcia’s vehicle.
When Garcia refused to consent to a search of his vehicle, the officer asked if a drug dog would indicate drugs in the vehicle. Garcia said he didn’t know if that would be the case, the quote reads.
According to the citation, the officer smelled the “smell of marijuana” coming from the vehicle and began a search. The citation does not specify whether a drug-addicted dog was used in the research.
During the search, 120 pounds of marijuana were found in vacuum sealed bags, along with two loaded handguns, methamphetamine, cash and three cell phones.
Garcia is charged with first misdemeanor, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance – marijuana, over five pounds, enhanced weapon; first offense possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; reckless driving; and incorrect turn.
First offense, trafficking in a controlled substance – marijuana, more than five pounds, reinforced firearm is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
Garcia is being housed in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear at 1:15 p.m. on February 18 in Hardin District Court.