Two arrested after police find $4 million worth of marijuana

Renaldo M. Martinez (Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)
Renaldo M. Martinez (Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)
Xavier Avila (Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)
Xavier Avila (Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)
(Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)
(Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)
(Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)
(Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)
(Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)
(Source: MO Hwy. Patrol)

By Christy Hendricks - bio | email

STEELE, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested two people after officers found nearly 4000 pounds of marijuana in a semi-truck Sunday night near Steele.

Renaldo M. Martinez, 47, and Xavier Avila, 23, both of Dallas, Texas face felony possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of more than 35 grams of marijuana.

Martinez pulled into a weigh station about 7 p.m. Sunday, but tried to pull away without making contact with the inspector, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A Pemiscot County Canine Unit made the hit on the drugs, according to Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell.

A trooper found 3,669 pounds of marijuana in the trailer.  Sgt. Dale Moreland with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the street value of the marijuana is about $4 million.  He says this is the largest bust for Troop E in about five years.

Both suspects were taken to the Pemiscot County Jail.

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