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Pawhuska police: 18,000 pounds of marijuana found in semi

Posted at 1:05 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 14:03:17-05

PAWHUSKA, Okla. — Authorities are investigating after thousands of pounds of marijuana was found in a semi truck in Pawhuska on Wednesday.

Officers said they saw the driver of the semi truck run a red light at about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, and then pulled the vehicle over, and found 18,000 pounds of marijuana in the truck.

The people inside the truck told officers that they were transporting industrial hemp. Officers got permission to search the truck, and field tested the products, which tested positive for marijuana.

"They didn’t have a proper Bill of lading, they didn’t have the proper tags, they didn’t have the proper tax stamps and what not, and that’s what’s making this illegal," said Rex Wikel with the Pawhuska Police Department.

Four people were taken into custody on counts of aggravated trafficking. The men were believed to be traveling from Kentucky to Colorado.

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