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MHP makes marijuana bust on I-20

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol has seized a large amount of marijuana in a drug bust on Interstate 20 between Brandon and Pelahatchie. 

The routine traffic stop on I-20 eastbound turned up some 200 pounds of marijuana. The pot was stacked roof-high in the back of a black SUV with Texas plates. 

Sgt. James Walker with the Mississippi Highway Patrol said, "It's not weighed but I say approximately 150-200 pounds. ‘And they are in gallon baggies plus all those black bags are filled with pot?' Yes." 

One gallon bags stuffed with marijuana. State troopers say the smugglers barely tried to conceal it. A blanket over the pot and fabric softener poured on the backseat. 

"The trooper that stopped them said he knows it's unusual to have it just laid here in the back wide open but did have a little blanket over it. You could smell it from a half mile away," said Sgt. Walker. 

Authorities say the Hispanic driver jumped out and escaped into a thickly wooded area. Heavily armed lawmen scoured the area with tracking dogs. 

WLBT's Skycopter 3 and MetroOne airborne law enforcement assisted in the search.  

The passenger, a Hispanic male, indicated he did not speak English. He was asked, "Where's your partner? What are you doing with all that illegal pot in the truck. Where did you come from? Texas?" 

The suspect was taken into custody and the SUV and pot were seized as evidence. 

Interstate 20 is a highly traveled thoroughfare and known illegal drug corridor.

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