Traffic stop leads to discovery of $8 million in marijuana
by Jay Lindsay, Associated Press
August 05, 2013 04:50 PM | 1844 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rigoberto Romero Aguirre, whose address is not listed, and Paul Modesto Serrano Santiago, of Atlanta, are accused of attempting to traffic more than $8 million in marijuana through Austell last Thursday.
 
Aguirre is also charged with driving without a license and functioning brake lights, according to the arrest warrant.
 
Cobb County Police discovered 1,797 pounds of marijuana packaged in 63 bundles in Aguirre’s van during a safety road check at the intersection of Oak Ridge Road and Oak Ridge Commerce Way in Austell around 10 a.m. on Aug. 1.
 
Aguirre was reportedly driving a white 2004 GMC Savannah van during the stop and Santiago was in a black 2003 Honda Accord driving behind him.
 
While talking to police about his not having a driver’s license, police smelled marijuana in his car.
 
“The overwhelming odor of fresh raw marijuana could be smelled emanating from the van,” the warrant states.
 
Santiago became involved in the incident when Aguirre pointed to his car while talking to police.
 
 “(Santiago) was visible nervous and was noticeably interested in the van,” his warrant states.
 
Upon search of Aguirre’s van, police found marijuana in a large trash bag wrapped in green shrink wrap and tan-colored tape.
 
In Santiago’s car, police found three large spools of shrink wrap, a roll of duct tape and a large postal-sized digital scale.
 
Both men were taken into custody without incident and Santiago remains in the Cobb County Jail without a bond and Aguirre has an immigration hold against him.
 
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gmc guy
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August 05, 2013
Model of van is Savanna (No H like the city)
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