Traffic Stop Turns Up 54-Pound Pot Shipment headed to Miami

A single traffic stop turned up 54 pounds of marijuana, Lee County authorities said. A detective stopped a 2002 Ford Explorer on Friday night on Interstate 75.

During the stop, the detective noticed five large garbage bags that were full and taped up. The bags turned out to be what the sheriff’s office said was high-quality, vacuum sealed marijuana.

The 54.6 pounds were headed for Miami and had an estimated street value of $220,000. The driver faces several charges. Just over 54 pounds of marijuana was seized during a traffic stop in Lee County on Friday night. A Lee County Sheriff’s Office detective stopped the 2002 Ford Explorer for following too closely and failing to maintain lanes on I-75 at mile marker 120 in Bonita Springs.

According to reports, the driver, 30-year-old Alay Sosa Morales, was traveling from Tampa to Miami. During the stop, the detective noticed five large garbage bags in the vehicle that were full and taped with packaging tape. Search of the vehicle revealed the garbage bags to be full of high-quality, vacuum sealed marijuana.

54.6 pounds of marijuana destined for distribution in Miami, with an estimated street value of $220,000 were recovered from the bags. Morales was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana 25 pounds or more, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, keeping a motor vehicle to transport drugs, owning a vehicle or conveyance to transport drugs, as well as numerous traffic charges related to the stop.

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