JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Two California men are behind bars after a routine traffic stop netted 1,100 pounds of marijuana. Two Mississippi State Troopers made the stop Thursday night on Interstate 20 in Rankin County.
"From the driver's demeanor, we developed a suspicion some criminal activity was involved," said Trooper Jamie Puckett.
The team's K-9, Remco, then alerted the troopers to the tractor trailer disguised as a produce truck carrying watermelons. That's where the troopers said they found about a million dollars worth of pot hidden in boxes under watermelons.
Orlin Ivan Caballero, 31, of Linwood, California and Anderez Orturo Ramirez, 40, of Los Angeles were arrested.
The troopers involved called it the biggest bust of their careers.
"It's rewarding that this could save lives to get these drugs off the streets. It puts a major dent in their activity," said Corporal Jacob Lott.
The truck was headed to Atlanta, where investigators believe the drugs would be broken down and distributed all along the east coast. The Highway Patrol says Interstate 20 is a major route for drug traffickers attempting to transport illegal narcotics across the country.
"It's gonna let the drug runners know we mean business in Mississippi and our troopers will be vigilant in taking drugs off the streets. This is one of many we hope to shut down before it hits the streets," said Lieutenant Jim Jordan, MHP Troop C.
This is the second traffic stop by troopers in less than a year to net over one thousand pounds of illegal drugs. In 2009, troopers made a stop that resulted in a seizure of 1500 pounds of marijuana.