$1 Million In Marijuana Seized

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
Ever wondered what $1 million in marijuana looks like? Another week, another big marijuana bust on Interstate 40 for Troop J of the Arkansas State Police.

This one, however, was the troop's biggest bust of the year – 1,010 pounds of marijuana, according to a report authored by Cpl. George Summerlin.

The marijuana – with an estimated street value of a little more than $1 million, according to Sgt. Kyle Drown – was discovered during a 2:40 p.m. Feb. 26 traffic stop conducted by Summerlin at the eastbound 55-mile marker on I-40. It came nearly 10 days after Arkansas State Police confiscated 386 pounds of marijuana (street value $386,000) Feb. 17 on Interstate 40.

According to a report, Summerlin's traffic stop was initiated on a silver Ford pickup truck for no vehicle license. Summerlin approached the passenger's side of the truck and asked the driver, Alfonso Guerrero Siqueiros of San Diego, Calif., for his driver's license and truck bill of sale. The man stated to Summerlin he bought the truck three days earlier, and did not have any registration papers for the trailer.

The passenger, Perla Aboytia Cadena, also of San Diego, gave Summerlin a U.S. Border Crossing identification card. The driver was asked to walk to the back of Summerlin's patrol car. Summerlin asked why the trailer had Arizona license plate but they were from California. The driver said they were headed to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, and was not for sure where they were going, the report indicated.

The man opened the walk-through door and showed Summerlin his four-wheeler and said he was trying to find places to ride it. Summerlin noticed a difference in the depth, inside versus the outside, of the front wall of the trailer, according to his report. The passenger also said they were going to the Smokey Mountains and said her son was 10 years old. After the man agreed again to open his trailer, Cpl. Harry Smith arrived to provide assistance. Siqueiros told Summerlin he was not carrying any illegal narcotics because he had just became a U.S. citizen the week before and "would not do anything like that."

After given consent to search, Summerlin's K-9 unit Hana alerted to the presence of illegal drugs in the trailer. Summerlin then drilled a hole in the front wall of the trailer, and the drill bit came out with marijuana on it.
Cpl. Bryan Syfert assisted Summerlin and Smith in taking the vehicle and its occupants to ASP Troop J Headquarters, where the shelving, tool box and upper cabinet of the front of the trailer had to be removed to access the compartment. The total weight of all the marijuana bundles totaled 1,010 lbs., according to the report. The man is currently being incarcareted at the Johnson County Detention Center in Clarksville.

The boy was released to the custody of his mother.

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