Fruit truck stop nets 'high-quality' weed
Posted at: 09/23/2013 5:44 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A traffic stop along Interstate 40, near 98th Street, netted 250 pounds of hydroponic marijuana just before midnight Sunday.
“It’s a lot of high quality marijuana,” Kevin Abar, the assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations said. “Hydroponic, of course – it’s much sought after. It goes for a much higher value than regular street marijuana.”
Abar and his agents said the truck – a tractor-trailer also loaded with thousands of pounds of fruit – was likely destined for the East Coast. He said the approximate street value of the marijuana is more than $1.5 million -- about $6,000 per pound.
Abar’s agents worked in conjunction with Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies, Albuquerque police, and New Mexico Motor Transportation police.
Roberto Tormo, the driver of the truck, faces state charges. Abar said Tormo could eventually face federal charges as well.
Abar said it shouldn’t be any secret that the Interstate 40 corridor is a major drug route – the drugs go east, the money goes west.
“You know, they but it very cheaply down on the border, and they move it forward,” he said. “The chances of being stopped by law enforcement is very slim. The routes that they take, the time of night they travel.”
Abar said the marijuana will eventually be destroyed.