Sunday, March 17, 2013

Police release name of driver suspected of smuggling 490 pounds of marijuana

(Mar 17, 2013, (Hefline))--Heflin police Tuesday released more information about the 41-year-old driver arrested Monday after police discovered the van he was driving was carrying 490 pounds of marijuana.

Police officers pose with 490 pounds of marijuana found in a van on Interstate 20 this morning. (Photo courtesy of Heflin PD)
Dawit Shiferaw Bekele, from Falls Church, Va., was charged with trafficking, resisting arrest and driving without a license, said Heflin’s interim police chief, Capt. A.J. Benefield.

Bekele was pulled over for improper lane usage about 4 a.m. Monday driving eastbound on Interstate 20 near the Hollis-Heflin exit. He gave police permission to search the van.

When police searched the white rental van they found the plastic-wrapped cubes of marijuana, worth about $490,000, police said. Read more from The Anniston Star » 

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