Police Find Thousands Of Pounds Of Marijuana After Traffic Stop

UPDATED: Tuesday February 1, 2011 2:54 PM

Police released more details on Thursday about what they called a major drug bust that took place on the south side.

A Columbus man was one of three men who were arrested during a Wednesday afternoon traffic stop, 10TV's Danielle Elias reported.

Police pulled them over at the corner of South High Street and Kingston Avenue at about 12:30 p.m.

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According to a complaint filed by police, officers seized about 1,000 pounds of marijuana in the car.

Investigators said they trailed two people driving a minivan away from a warehouse on the south side.

They arrested the two men inside, Hector Martinez and Luis Miranda for possessing the drugs, Elias reported.

Police said they found at least 1,000 more pounds of the drug at a house on Carbondale Drive on the city's east side, as well as at least $1 million in cash, Elias reported.

Police said Arnaldo Miranda, the brother of one of the two arrested in the minivan, was carrying the cash. 

The drugs had an estimated street value of $3 million, according to the narcotics division of police.

"We believe these drugs were targeted for, or to be distributed in the central Ohio area," said Acting Commander with the narcotics bureau, Gary Cameron.

The men face charges of marijuana possession and additional charges could be filed.

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