PCSO: 65 pounds of marijuana seized during traffic stop

A Potter County K-9 deputy stopped a Dodge van at Interstate 40 and Bell Street for a traffic violation on Sunday night.

According to a news release from Potter County Sheriff's Office, 4 male passengers ages 16, 18, 21,27 were inside the van at the time of the stop when the deputy smelled a strong marijuana odor coming from the vehicle.

The deputy began to investigate and received conflicting stories about where the van was going. A search of the vehicle uncovered three large tubs filled with 63 bundles of marijuana. The estimated street value of the drugs is believed to be $742,000.

According to PCSO, the 27 and 27 year olds were arrested and booked into the Potter County Detention Center for possession of marijuana. The 18-year-old was released and the 16-year-old was released to Child Protective Services because it is believed they did not have any knowledge of the transport.

PCSO is awaiting the arraignment on the charges before names are released.