Fifteen pounds of marijuana was discovered in the back of a U-Haul hidden behind a panel.
Fifteen pounds of marijuana was discovered in the back of a U-Haul hidden behind a panel.

Three illegal Cuban immigrants from Colorado were arrested this weekend in Madison County with approximately $23,000 worth of high-grade marijuana, the authorities said. 

 

Madison County Sheriff’s Investigator Tommy Jones said the drugs were found in the back of a U-Haul truck following an undercover investigation. 

 

The three arrested were Alcides Pena-Jorge, Yerandi Garcia-Guerrero and Jorge Armenteros-Ferro. The first two were charged with drug trafficking and the last was charged with conspiracy. 

 

Jones said an investigation led them to the Budget Inn in Canton. Undercover agents began a stakeout of the motel and watched the U-Haul in question. 

 

“The vehicle eventually left the motel,” Jones said. “It was stopped by one of our K-9 officers for a traffic violation.”

 

The traffic stop occurred on Beacon Street in Canton, Jones said. 

 

Jones said a new K-9, Deno, who has been on the streets for only a couple of weeks, discovered the marijuana in the U-Haul. 

 

Jones said they discovered 15 pounds in total with a market value of approximately $23,000. He believes the marijuana was destined for the metro-area. 

 

All three suspects remain locked up at the Madison County Detention Center. Pena-Jorge currently has a hold from INS.