Police make huge pot bust
A High Point police officer’s keen sense of smell has led to the seizure of more than 200 pounds of marijuana.
Jose Luis Ruiz, 39, of 807 Eastchester Drive, was charged with two counts of felony drug trafficking after police discovered 249 pounds of marijuana at his residence and at two adjacent homes.
Police said Patrol Officer J.L. Jacobs was in the area and thought he smelled marijuana. After snooping around, he found the drugs and came in contact with three men at the home.
“He was able to determine that there was a large marijuana grow operation inside,” said Capt. Mike Kirk. “We drew warrants on all three houses.”
The plants were hung up in the houses, drying out so that they could be processed, Kirk said. There were no plants actually growing at the residences, Kirk said. Police believe that the residences were solely used for storage and drying for the operation.
The other two men were not charged.
“The marijuana will be taken to an incinerator and destroyed,” Kirk said.
Ruiz is being held in the Guilford County Jail in High Point under a $100,000 secured bond.
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