HOLLY SPRINGS – Two California residents were in the Marshall County Jail Friday on drug charges after authorities found more than 260 pounds of marijuana hidden in furniture in a moving truck.
The drugs, valued between $250,000 and $500,000, are believed to constitute the largest marijuana confiscation in the county in at least a decade.
Sirico Vargus Agarea, 40, and Ruben Robles, 48, both of Santa, Calif., were charged with possession of more than an ounce of marijuana with intent to sell and distribute.
The arrest occurred about 9 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 78 near Potts Camp. The arresting deputy, K-9 Officer Carl Henderson, spotted the two men traveling east in a rented Ryder truck at a speed of 70 mph. When he pulled the vehicle over, the two man gave Henderson permission to search the vehicle, Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said.
The deputy found 266 pounds of freshly cut marijuana hidden in couch cushions, chairs and other pieces of furniture that were in the truck.
The items were seized and taken to the sheriff’s department.
Cynthia M. Jeffries