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State Police nab more than 200 lbs of marijuana

Arthur Ziretsyan (State Police)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Officers arrested a man after seizing hundreds of pounds of pot from a semi-tractor trailer on Thursday at the Gallup port of entry near the Arizona border.

State Police spokesman Dusty Francisco said the driver, 25-year-old Arthur Ziretsyan of California, is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of over eight ounces of marijuana. He was booked into the McKinley County Detention Center.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court:

An officer was called to the Gallup port of entry around noon after inspectors believed they may have uncovered drugs in a semi-tractor trailer. The inspector said there were cardboard boxes that were not listed in the cargo along with a “strong odor of marijuana.”

The officer looked inside the boxes and found 172 vacuum sealed bags full of marijuana. Ziretsyan told the officer the trailer was already loaded and he “hooked onto it and drove away.”

“The more questions I asked the more nervous he became,” an officer wrote in the complaint.

Ziretsyan refused to speak with the officer anymore but the officer matched Ziretsyan’s shoes, Crocs, to shoe prints on wooden crates in the trailer that clearly showed the brand name and size.

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