The Atlanta Police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee described the seizure as one of the “greatest” ever be found on the hub.
Four men have been arrested for attempting to smuggle a whopping 224 pounds of marijuana into Atlanta and the busiest airport ahead of the Super Bowl LIII.
On Feb. 1, officials received a tip that “suspected drug traffickers” of Las Vegas would fly into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports — a lead that soon proved to be correct.
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Airline travelers move through a TSA line in Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
“As soon as the flight landed in Atlanta, the officers were able to identify the luggage, which was controlled by the suspects,” police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Bender said the outlet.
After deplaning, Chad Ellis, 23, Jemonta Kilgore, 24, Labrinsan Culpepper, 25, and Rakeem Boring, 24, allowed for the Atlanta police to inspect the eight suitcases between the four of them, and a police dog quickly sniffed the illegal substance, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
The Atlanta Police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee described the seizure to Fox 5 as one of the “greatest” ever found in the air-hub with details of the drug prohibition team had learned that four men had planned to in the drugs in time for the Super Bowl weekend.
In addition to the 220-plus pounds of pot, officers also seized almost $ 8,000 in cash, per the Journal-Constitution.
Of February. 7, Ellis, Kilhore, Culpepper and Soft to be held in the nearby Clayton County Jail without bond.
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Officials report that the investigation is ongoing, and that the costs can be updated, such as the outlet.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time that a large suitcase-style drug bust was made on an airport.
In July 2018, a man was arrested for attempting to smuggle nearly 60 pounds of marijuana in Nashville International Airport with two suitcases.
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In December, three Californians were arrested for attempting to smuggle 150 pounds of pot in their luggage, check-in at Logan airport in Boston, Fox 13 reported at the time.
Most incredibly, in May 2017, a New York man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for smuggling more than 880 pounds of weed on flights from San Francisco to Charlotte, according to Fox 8.