Police: Truck Driver Caught Hauling $4.7M Worth of Marijuana

RICHLAND, Miss. (AP) — A tractor-trailer driver has been arrested after officials say they found hundreds of pounds of marijuana, worth millions of dollars in his truck.

News outlets report Richland police say 45-year-old Junier Carmenate of Tampa, Florida, was arrested Sunday night and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Police say an officer pulled Carmenate over for driving carelessly on Highway 49. Authorities say Carmenate was acting suspiciously and consented to a search of his trailer, where police found cases of strawberries and eight bags of high-grade marijuana, weighing 528 pounds, with a street value of $4.7 million.

Police Chief Russel James says he believes the company that hired Carmenate to deliver the strawberries had no idea he was hauling marijuana.

It’s unclear if Carmenate has an attorney.

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