Highway traffic stop leads Georgia deputies to $1.6M drug bust

10:39 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 Atlanta News
Troup County deputies discovered more than $1 million in marijuana during a traffic stop on I-85.

A routine traffic stop Thursday along I-85 led Troup County deputies to a more than $1 million drug bust, officials said.

A tractor-trailer with 151 pounds of marijuana inside was stopped near mile marker 23 in Troup County after the driver failed to stop at a weigh station, Troup sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Stewart Smith said.

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Driver Amaury Izquierdo Mansito and passenger Marco Alfaro are both facing drug trafficking charges, Smith said. 

Because deputies believe the drugs have a street value of $1.6 million, customs, border protection and homeland security officials were contacted. 

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