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188 pounds of drugs seized in Goddard traffic stop

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at 5:14 p.m.

Goddard police on Sunday seized more than 188 pounds of drugs during a routine traffic stop on U.S. 54.

Chief Sam Houston said the 82 bricks of drugs — thought to be marijuana — were hidden in a stolen 1998 Chevy Tahoe driven by a 30-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man. Officers found the first four bundles tucked in a duffle bag on the Tahoe’s backseat, Houston said.

Another 78 bricks later were found stashed in the SUV, he said.

The pair in the vehicle were booked into Sedgwick County Jail on drug-related charges, Houston said. The man is a resident of New Mexico, he said; the woman is an illegal immigrant.

Each brick weighs 2.17 pounds, Houston said. Their total street value is about $115,000.

Houston said authorities stopped the Tahoe for a traffic infraction shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday at 18000 W. Kellogg, near South 183rd Street West in Goddard. Police discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen from Albuquerque, N.M., earlier in the day, then found the duffle bag in the backseat during an initial investigation, Houston said.

Police seized the Tahoe and discovered the remaining drugs after obtaining a search warrant.

Houston said field testing on a few bricks revealed they were marijuana. Others will be sent to the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center for testing, he said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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