EL RENO, Okla. – More than 100 pounds of marijuana were taken into custody this weekend by Canadian County deputies.
Undersheriff Chris West said, “It’s just traveling right out in the wide open.”
The drugs were concealed inside a Chevy Impala which was being hauled by a car hauler.
The truck was stopped at a truck stop where deputies were checking vehicles.
Officials say the truck quickly caught their attention.
West said, “They actually could just smell the odor of marijuana coming off the vehicle.”
Canadian County deputies made the bust early Sunday morning at a truck stop at I-40 and Morgan Road.
West said, “There’s probably around $600,000-$650,000 worth of marijuana, that would be street value.”
Deputies say the car the drugs were in was being hauled from Los Angeles to Memphis.
West said, “Rather than drive it themselves and chance getting busted, they’ll just get rental cars and fill the voids in the door panels and under the dash.”
The driver of the truck was not arrested because deputies say it appears he was completely unaware of the contents of the car he was hauling.
Deputies say the driver was simply hired to move the car and that any arrests will depend on the outcome of the investigation.
West said, “It takes a little more work and coordination with other agencies. So, we don’t really have the satisfaction of making an arrest here but the main thing is we got the drugs off the road.”
Canadian County deputies say this is the second or third bust they’ve made recently involving drugs in a vehicle on a car hauler.