HEFLIN — Two people arrested in Heflin were charged with felony marijuana trafficking during a traffic stop on I-20 Thursday morning. Heflin police officers Danny Turner and Chris Cohran stopped a vehicle for a routine traffic violation and noticed the familiar scent of marijuana.
“We saw a vehicle come by that was impeding traffic in the left lane — did an improper lane change and didn’t have any brake lights,” Turner said.
Turner said he performed a traffic stop to tell the driver the violations and explain driver safety and equipment violations.
“In the process of the encounter we noticed that they were overly nervous and that there was the odor of raw marijuana emitting from within the vehicle,” Turner said.
Turner checked the the occupants’ licenses but due to the strong odor of marijuana the officers performed a probable cause search of the vehicle.
“During the search of the vehicle we located a duffle bag in the trunk of the vehicle that contained ten packets of marijuana which was heat and vacuum sealed,” Turner said.
The weight of the substance was 10 pounds total, he said.
The officers also noticed marijuana “residue of marijuana debris” in the car in addition to the odor.
Alexus Williamson, a 20-year-old woman from Hoover, and Jordan Cyrus, a 38-year-old man from Decatur, Ga., were taken to Cleburne County Jail.
According to Turner anything over a kilo of weight in the state of Alabama brings a trafficking charge. A kilo is 2.2 pounds.
Turner said the marijuana seized was hydroponically grown, which typically has a high THC content. THC is the active ingredient which gives marijuana its narcotic effect. Turner estimates the total value of the marijuana seized to between $20,000 and $40,000, based on a unit value of $2,000 to $4,000 per pound for marijuana of that strength.
Turner said the driver was also given written warnings for the traffic violations.