A Maryland state trooper on Wednesday evening made quick use of what he learned at a three-day training class on spotting illegal activity, as he stopped to help a couple of stranded motorists on Interstate 95 near Elkton and ended up arresting the two Florida men after finding a load of marijuana.
The trooper, whose name was not available, was coming back from the class when he stopped at about 7:30 p.m. to help two men who were changing a flat tire on a pickup truck on the exit ramp from northbound I-95 to Route 279 near Elkton. After talking with the two men and picking up a few other hints of something that might be amiss, the trooper asked for and was given permission to search the truck.
The trooper, assigned to the JFK Highway Barrack, found two duffel bags and a box containing what is alleged to be dozens of plastic bags of high-grade marijuana. The load weighed 67 pounds, worth about $335,000 in street sales.
The two men were arrested and charged with importing marijuana into the state, possession of a large amount of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The suspects, identified as Fernando A. Gonzalez, 45, of Miami, Fla., and Juan C. Gomez Romero, 51, of Homestead, Fla., were taken to the Cecil County Detention Center for a hearing before a court commissioner.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun