Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Arrests Two Men at Agriculture Interdiction Station
Two Men Charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance After Failing To Stop At Inspection Station
Tallahassee, FL – Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services law enforcement officers arrested two men Tuesday after discovering more than 500 pounds of synthetic marijuana concealed in a small U-Haul Truck.
Morad Abdelkahliq Allan and Saleh Payez Soboh were traveling northbound on I-75 in Hamilton County when the driver, Allan, failed to stop at the Agriculture Inspection Station. Officer Chris McGauley stopped the vehicle for bypassing the station and requested access to the cargo area. Inside the rear cargo area of the U-Haul Officer McGauley discovered several large black garbage bags. When questioned about the contents of the garbage bags, the driver deferred to the passenger, Soboh, who he claimed spoke English. Soboh stated that the black garbage bags contained “stuff.” When asked about the loads origin, Soboh stated that they obtained the contents in Tampa and were in route to Illinois.
Officers McGauley and two other officers accompanied the U-Haul and the two suspects to Inspection Station 9B in Hamilton, County. Upon further inspection, the load was confirmed to contain 29 large black bags filled each filled with several gallon sized bags containing individually packaged “synthetic marijuana.” The bags averaged approximately 5000 grams each with a retail value of $10.00 per bag. Based on this information, the approximate value of the load is $2,267,950.
Allan and Soboh have been booked into the Hamilton County Jail; both were charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance.