Boaz Teenager, Two Texas Men Caught With 75 Pounds of Marijuana

Posted on: 1:44 pm, December 19, 2012, by , updated on: 01:34pm, December 20, 2012

BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — Boaz police seized 75 pounds of marijuana and $2400 cash while investigating a call about suspicious activity Tuesday evening.

Officers arrested a 19-year-old Boaz woman and two men from Texas in their 20s.

Police chief Terry Davis said he is waiting until later to release their identities as the investigation is ongoing, but said they are all American citizens and Hispanic.

Davis said a concerned citizen called police around 7:30 to report a possible burglary on Idlewild Street, about two blocks from Boaz High School.

“Officers responded to the house, and when they got out of the vehicle the first thing they noticed was a strong smell of marijuana, so they knocked on the door to try and see if anything was happening,” Davis said.

“Once the person opened the door the aroma was stronger than it was outside.”

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  • Boaz Police Chief Terry Davis said this is the largest amount of marijuana seized in Boaz in his 20 years with the department.

  • Officers went to the house on Idlewild Street to investigate a possible burglary.

  • Police said they could smell the marijuana from outside the house and the aroma was overwhelming when a person inside opened the front door.

  • Police said the 75 pounds are worth between $75,000 and $150,000, and could be sold for twice that amountwhen split into ounces and sold individually.

  • Investigators said the drug traffickers formed bricks of marijuana to fit in a spare tire.

  • Police seized $2400 cash, including thirteen $100 bills, fifty-four $20, two $5, four $2, and two $1. No $10 bills.

  • The money will go into a police seizure account.

  • The three people arrested are charged with drug trafficking.

Davis said the 19-year-old Boaz woman moved into the rental house about a month ago.

Officers received the tenant’s consent to a search, and a drug dog came to the house.

“Our drug dog, I thought she was going to overdose when she got out of the car, and when we walked her around the truck and the house, and all that being in the house was enough that she was going to get a strong indication anyway.” Davis said.

Investigators found a duffel bag inside a bedroom with 75 pounds of marijuana inside.

Davis said it is the biggest seizure he’s seen in 20 years with the department, surpassing previous seizures of 66 pounds and 72 pounds.

“The way it is right now, packaged up, it’s between $75,000 and $150,000 and if you broke it down and sold it by the ounce, you could probably double that,” he said.

Davis said the men from Texas imported the marijuana from outside Alabama but investigators do not believe it came from Mexico or another country.

The bricks of marijuana are curved and police said it appears it was inside a spare tire.

Police seized a truck at the home to confirm their suspicions.

Davis said the three individuals are being held in the Boaz City Jail and will be charged with drug trafficking.

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