Over 177 bags of marijuana carrying a street value of more than $297,000 was confiscated during a traffic stop in North Mississippi.

According to the Southern Sentinel, a Florida man was arrested and charged with drug trafficking and possession of stolen goods in Benton County on Tuesday.

Benton County Sheriff Robby Goolsby said Rod Dalupan Cuerbo, 57, was arrested after the sheriff’s department found 198.21 pounds of marijuana in the 18-wheeler that he was driving.

Goolsby said he was alerted by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation that a stolen 18-wheeler from Georgia was headed toward Benton County from Memphis on Tuesday evening. Deputies set up on I-22 east of Potts Camp looking for the vehicle.

During the traffic stop, law enforcement verified the trailer was stolen. K-9 officers from Union County were used to search both the truck and trailer.

Goolsby said the marijuana was in cardboard boxes in a metal tray and dryer sheets were in the tray. The marijuana was packaged in a little over one pound bags and they were vacuum-sealed.

Cuerbo is currently being held in the Benton County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics assisted with the case.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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