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Semi with 230 pounds marijuana stopped in Broward

The Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested a Hialeah man and his uncle Tuesday for transporting 230 pounds of marijuana into South Florida from Texas.

Ramiro Rodriguez of Hialeah was driving a semi-truck on Florida’s Turnpike Tuesday afternoon when he was stopped. The Florida Department of Transportation assisted in the stop. Enrique Rodriguez was following behind in GMC Yukon. Inside the 53-foot Freightliner tractor trailer, detectives found 198 individually-wrapped packages of marijuana concealed in the ceiling. There was nothing else inside.

The arrests are part of a large-scale, ongoing investigation. Detectives believe the two are part of a larger group of drug runners who have been bringing cocaine, heroin and marijuana into South Florida for about 10 years.

In addition to the drugs, the tractor trailer and the Yukon, about $1,500 in cash was seized.

Both men were charged with drug trafficking.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Sep 30 2009. Filed under Broward County, Crime, Fort Lauderdale, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Semi with 230 pounds marijuana stopped in Broward”

  1. peter

    “Detectives believe the two…who have been bringing …for about 10 years.” Wow, they got away with this for 10 years? And why didn’t they sieze their homes and other assets? Wouldn’t they be considered profits from drug sales and subject to drug charges??


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