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FHP trooper, K9 find 6 suitcases worth of marijuana during traffic stop near Jacksonville airport

K9 Ace sniffed out 125 pounds of Marijuana during the traffic stop.
Credit: FHP

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. β€” The Florida Highway Patrol pulled a car over for an illegal window tint and found six suitcases worth of drugs Wednesday night.

FHP says K9 Ace sniffed out 125 pounds of marijuana during the traffic stop.

Troopers were conducting enforcement on Dixie Clipper Drive at the intersection of Pecan Road shortly after 8 p.m. when they observed a vehicle with an illegal window tent, according to FHP.

Troopers then pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Dixie Clipper Drive and Airport Road.

When authorities approached the vehicle they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the car. 

A window tint reader showed that the window tints were about 8% darker than the legal limit, the arrest report says.

Troopers asked the three occupants of the vehicle if there was any medical marijuana or hemp in the car and they replied "No."

Authorities then asked the individuals to exit the vehicle and conducted a free air exterior vehicle sniff with K9 Ace.

K9 Ace alerted troopers of a drug odor coming from the vehicle, the report says.

Troopers then asked the individuals for a second time if they had any medical marijuana in the car and they said no again.

Authorities proceeded to search the vehicle and found six suitcases full of marijuana. The final count was a total of 108 sealed vacuum bags weighing 125 pounds, according to the arrest report.

There were also baggage claim tickets that had the names of all the people that were inside of the vehicle. All three men were initially placed in custody. While in custody troopers say the driver stated he had no knowledge of the drugs and that he was just picking the two men up from the airport.

The two suspects were identified as Artez Wards, 27, and Michael Lewis, 28. Both were transported to the Duval County Jail.