Updated:CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. —
Camden County deputies make a huge find during a traffic stop – collecting hundreds of pounds of pot from a suspected drug trafficker.
A deputy stopped a black Dodge Caravan just before 3 p.m. Thursday for an improper lane change and failure to maintain a lane of travel on southbound Interstate 95. The deputy noted the driver, Ruben A. Arencibia, 37, of Miami, appeared hesitant to roll his window down.
When Arencibia eventually rolled his window down, the deputy smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Once out of the vehicle, the deputy asked Arencibia if he had smoked any marijuana, to which Arencibia said "No." But he later recanted, saying he had smoked a "joint" but threw it out the window before being stopped.
The deputy’s K-9 was used to search the car and it gave a positive alert for the presence of drugs. When the deputy and his partner opened the car’s doors to begin the search, Arencibia fled on foot. He was caught a short distance away in a wooded area.
When deputies searched Arencibia’s car, they said they found several large black plastic bags. A deputy opened one of the black plastic bags and found a green leafy substance, assumed to be marijuana. It later tested positive for marijuana.
Investigators said they found 11 large plastic bags, all containing marijuana. The approximate weight of all the plastic bags came to total weight of 228 pounds.
Arencibia remains in custody at the Camden County jail charged with trafficking marijuana, obstruction of an officer, improper lane change and failure to maintain the lane.