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Large amount of drug seized

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

STEELE -- Two subjects are being sought after a large amount of marijuana was found by Missouri State Highway Patrol officers near Steele.

On Feb. 8, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol seized over 1,800 pounds of marijuana following a routine inspection at the Patrol's E2 North Weigh Station, located on Interstate 55 near Steele.

At this time, arrest warrants are being sought for the two subjects transporting the contraband at the time of seizure.

The commercial motor vehicle was stopped at the Steele weigh station and a routine inspection was initiated by Commercial Motor Vehicle Officer Ron Abmeyer. During the inspection, CVO Abmeyer detected inconsistencies and became suspicious. CVO Abmeyer requested assistance from local Trooper Jason Crites and the Patrol's canine officer, Sergeant Rick Sanders.

Following further investigation the Patrol's K-9 alerted to the vehicle, and a large amount of a green leafy substance, believed marijuana, was revealed inside several bins of watermelons. The evidence was seized at the scene and an arrest was made immediately following the discovery.

The investigation is continuing at this time and further arrests are possible.