Three passengers, including two from metro Atlanta, were arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sunday after authorities discovered nearly 100 pounds of marijuana in their luggage, the GBI said.
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97 pounds of marijuana seized, 3 arrested at Atlanta airport

Three people were arrested on drug trafficking charges Sunday after authorities found nearly 100 pounds of marijuana and THC vape pens in their luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the GBI said.

Two of the three arrested in the ongoing investigation into passengers smuggling contraband into the airport were from metro Atlanta, authorities said Friday in a statement. 

Marcus Daryl Malcom, 25, of Stone Mountain, Valerye Natili Mortimore, 28, of Smyrna, and Ashley Makia Farmer, 32 of Memphis, Tenn., were charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance.

Agents seized 97.6 pounds of marijuana in addition to the vape pens. 

There have been a series of high-profile drug arrests at Atlanta’s airport in recent months. In February, four men on a flight from Las Vegas were arrested after authorities discovered 224 pounds of pot in their suitcases. 

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Two weeks later, a woman was sent back to Honduras after customs officials discovered nearly three pounds of cocaine hidden inside decorative metal figurines in her bags. The drugs were valued at about $40,000.

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And last summer, authorities uncovered a cocaine smuggling operation in which passengers allegedly stashed the drug inside sealed pineapple cans. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents became suspicious when they picked up the cans and realized they weighed more than normal. Instead of finding preserved produce inside, agents said they found about 4 kilograms of cocaine. The busts led to the indictment of eight suspects believed to have smuggled more than 375 kilograms of cocaine from Costa Rica during 90 trips to Atlanta. 

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All three suspects arrested Sunday remain held at the Clayton County Jail without bond, records show. 

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The suspects took off, but two of them have been arrested.

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