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Troopers seize 35 pounds of marijuana in stop near Kimball

March 12, 2019

KIMBALL — Troopers arrested a North Carolina woman in a stop near Kimball Friday, seizing 35 pounds of marijuana.

According to a press release, at approximately 1:30 p.m, a trooper noticed an eastbound 2018 Mercedes coupe speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. During the traffic stop, the trooper performed a search of the vehicle and discovered 35 pounds of marijuana in the trunk.

The driver, Kiara Mendez, 24, of Beulaville, North Carolina was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Mendez was lodged in Kimball County Jail.

Another seizure occurred at approximately 10 p.m. CT, when a trooper stopped an eastbound 2019 Ford station wagon for failure to stay in its lane on I-80 near Sutherland at mile marker 158. During the traffic stop, and NSP K9 detected the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle.

A search revealed approximately 80 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. The driver, Stephen Demilta, 61, of Port Orange, Florida, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Demilta was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.