By Alton Mitchell
A simple traffic stop along Interstate 85 in a neighboring county Thursday evening turned into a massive drug bust and pulled more than a million dollars in high grade marijuana off the streets before it could ever make it.
According to a press release from the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, a tractor trailer was stopped around 8:45 p.m. Thursday night along Interstate 85 after a deputy observed the truck bypass a weight station near mile marker 23. When the deputy initiated the stop on the truck a search was performed on the vehicle.
The search by law enforcement yielded more than 150 pounds of high-grade marijuana. According to the Troup County Sheriff’s Department the marijuana has a street value of $1.6 million dollars. Police took the driver Amaury Izquierdo Mansito, 38, and a passenger Marco Alfaro, 50-years-old into custody. Both men were charged with trafficking marijuana.
In addition, Mansito was also charged with failure to maintain lane, failure to obey a traffic control device, and driving with an expired license.
Troup County authorities reached out to several other agencies about the drug bust to include Customers and Border Protection, and Homeland Security for assistance in the large drug bust.