Marijuana seized in Cumby apparently headed for Chicago

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 23, 2007 - Cumby police have intercepted a 53-pound block of marijuana reportedly destined for Chicago, and an Indiana man was taken in custody for possessing the marijuana.

Staff Photo by Faith Huffman

Cumby Police Sgt. Charlie Walker with the 53 pounds of marijuana he seized around midnight Thursday.

Cumby Police Sgt. Charlie Walker stopped Joseph Hudson Wagner, 55, of Gary, Ind., at midnight at the 110 mile marker on Interstate 30 east for committing a traffic violation in a white vehicle with Virginia plates. 

Walker said he immediately became suspicious upon approaching the vehicle. 

First, he noticed "an odor of air freshener so sickening — it was so strong in the vehicle." The 55-year-old man, who was wearing a suit and tie, also appeared to be very nervous during the course of the stop.

While talking with him about his travels and asking about his luggage, the man became so nervous, he accidentally hit the button to pop the trunk of the car open. He told the officer his luggage was stored in the trunk, with his clothes in a bag.

�I immediately observed a large article wrapped in a towel in a blue tote bag that the lid had come open on," Walker said this morning. "I asked if I could remove the towel, and he said 'Yes.' Once the towel was removed, a large Saran-wrapped package containing marijuana was revealed."

Wagner was arrested for possession of more than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds of marijuana after it was determined to weigh 53 pounds. Walker said during the course of his conversations with Wagner the man indicated to him that he had been offered $5,000 to pick up the load of pot destined for a Chicago gang.

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