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Houston County sheriff's deputies seize 40 pounds of marijuana in I-75 stop

Special to The Telegraph
Special to The Telegraph

A Florida man and a Colorado man were arrested last week in Houston County and charged with trafficking marijuana after about 40 pounds of raw, high-grade plant was found in their car, the Houston County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

On March 3, a deputy spotted a Nissan Altima following another southbound car too closely on Interstate 75 near mile marker 217, according to a sheriff's news release. Upon pulling over the car and smelling marijuana, the deputy called for help.

A search revealed the cannabis, concealed within two pieces of luggage and a cardboard box in the back seat and trunk, the release said. The marijuana was amid coffee grounds and air-freshening products.

Orelbis Fernandez-Fernandez, 46, of Hialeah, Florida and 50-year-old Jorge Luis Leiva-Enchemendia, of Lakewood, Colorado, were arrested and taken to the Houston County jail where they're being held without bond, the release said.

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