The Madison Police Department last Friday seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana worth more than $300,000 in what authorities are saying is the largest drug seizure in the city’s history.
According to Sgt. Scott Pitocchelli, Madison Police Department, Quentin Martinez Thomas, 42, Hattiesburg, Miss., was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana, failure to maintain lane, and reckless driving after a city of Madison Police Department officer detained Thomas after a traffic stop on Interstate 20.
Pitocchelli said Morgan County Dispatch had received several calls regarding a tractor trailer traveling west on Interstate 20 that was weaving and driving erratically. A Madison officer pulled in behind the tractor trailer near the 114 exit and stopped the truck near the 113 exit.
Pitocchelli said Thomas told the officer that he was “tired.” The officer was going to cite Thomas and let him leave, but, Pitocchelli said, the officer learned there was an outstanding warrant for Thomas out of Villa Rica for failure to appear.
The officer arrested Thomas and completed an inventory of the tractor trailer rig. Pitocchelli said the refrigerated trailer was empty and was cooling. In the sleeper area of the tractor rig, officers found four duffle bags full of suspected marijuana. The suspected marijuana was enclosed in vacuum sealed bags. The tractor trailer rig was then confiscated and towed to the city’s impound yard. Thomas remains incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center.