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70 pounds of hydroponic marijuana seized at Jackson airport

70 pounds of hydroponic marijuana was seized at the Jackson airport Wednesday. Source: Rankin Co Sheriffs Department 70 pounds of hydroponic marijuana was seized at the Jackson airport Wednesday. Source: Rankin Co Sheriffs Department
Mario Maurice George was arrested for trafficking of marijuana and transported to the Rankin County Jail. Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office Mario Maurice George was arrested for trafficking of marijuana and transported to the Rankin County Jail. Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

70 pounds of hydroponic marijuana was seized at the Jackson airport Wednesday. 

Around 6:30 p.m., Rankin County Interdiction Deputies Chris Picou, Sentel Easterling and Ronnie Decell along with Rankin County K-9's, “Splinter”, “Wanese” and “Fox” were working a criminal interdiction operation at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in partnership with Airport Police.

Deputies and canines were conducting “sniffs” of inbound luggage. All three canines alerted on three large suitcases. Rankin County Sheriff’s Investigator Brad Smith obtained a search warrant for the bags from Rankin County Justice Court Judge Josh McCrory.

A search of the bags revealed approximately 70 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in vacuum sealed bags wrapped in clothing.

Rankin County Deputies along with Airport Police observed a man picking up two of the bags at baggage terminal. Officers moved in and arrested the man. 

Mario Maurice George was arrested for trafficking of marijuana and transported to the Rankin County Jail.

The retail value of the marijuana is approximately $300,000.

Mario Maurice George will appear before District Attorney Michael Guest and Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel’s for an initial appearance. No bond has been set at this time.

The marijuana is believed to have originated from Los Angeles and was intended to be delivered and distributed in the Jackson metro area.

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