Massive pot bust in OKC metro Taco Bell parking lot

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Police discovered a massive amount of marijuana as it was being transported in a minivan on I-40.

The Oklahoma City Police Highway Interdiction Unit found 227 pounds of marijuana in Armando Martinez's rented Dodge Caravan.

Officers saw him traveling eastbound on I-40, approaching Rockwell Ave.

"They observed a vehicle that appeared to make basic maneuvers to get off of the highway, away from the officers," said Officer Megan Morgan, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

According to the affidavit, Martinez pulled into the Taco Bell at 7024 S.W. 3rd St. and went inside the restaurant.

While he was in there, officers looked through the van's windows and saw "several air fresheners hanging."

When the K-9 alerted officers, it detected drugs in the vehicle, police searched the van and the bags.

They found the 227 pounds of marijuana wrapped in 197 bundles, the destination unknown.

The car is a rental registered in California. Martinez lives in Miramar, Florida, near Miami.

Police said people transporting large quantities of drugs are frequently caught along I-40.

"It's not unusual for this unit to make stops that yield results like that," Morgan said.

Martinez was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana on a $25,000 bond. He has since bonded out.

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