HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss.–Five pounds of pot was found on two out-of-state people after they were stopped on Interstate 10 Friday on the Miss. Gulf Coast. There was also another bust in Rankin County this weekend on I-20.
The Miss. Highway Patrol’s drug interdiction unit is getting the credit for the I-10 bust.
“Our interdiction team has completed extensive, specialized training,” said MHP Colonel Donnell Berry, head of the Highway Patrol. “They used those skills to discover the marijuana in a hidden compartment in the suspect’s late model Nissan sedan.”
Arrested were 19 year-old Ismael Cuevas of 451 Reiser Road in Springfield, Georgia and 30-year-old Christina Denise Zaner of 2010 Whitaker Street in Savannah, Georgia. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. They are still in jail in Hancock County.
The second bust by the interdiction unit over the weekend kept a whole kilogram of cocaine from going to the streets and put two people in jail. It happened Sunday afternoon about 3:15 between Brandon and Pelahatchie when troopers stopped a 2008 Dodge Nitro.
The cocaine was found inside a compartment.
Arrested were Luis Saenz, 34, of Hardeeville, S.C. and Jose Moreno, 31, of San Benito, Texas. Saenz has been charged with possession of a kilogram of cocaine and Moreno has been charged with conspiracy to possess a kilogram of cocaine. Both are still in jail in Rankin County.