Jose Angel Roque was arrested shortly after during a traffic stop at Interstate 285 and Riverside Road. He is charged with trafficking marijuana.
Cobb Police spokesman Officer Joe Hernandez said a witness worked with an officer who was patrolling in the area to locate the cooler. The officer had a K-9 that identified the cooler’s contents, Hernandez said.
According to Roque’s arrest warrant, the chest contained 33.5 pounds of pot that was packaged in 13 separate, pressed blocks and wrapped in shrink wrap and/or duct tape.
Hernandez was unable to say if the cooler was intentionally left behind or if it was intended for someone else. After the marijuana was identified, officers pulled over Roque’s tractor-trailer and took him into custody without incident.
According to the warrant, Roque, of Mercedes, Texas, admitted that the chest was his.
He is being held in Cobb County Jail without bond.