BCSO: Man caught with over 100 lbs of pot on I-40

February 9, 2019

A photo of over 100 pounds of pot allegedly found during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 on Thursday afternoon. (BCSO)

Deputies found over a hundred pounds of weed Thursday afternoon after pulling over a man on Interstate 40 outside Albuquerque, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

Somboon Douangphachanh, 34 (MDC)

BCSO spokeswoman Felicia Maggard said 34-year-old Somboon Douangphachanh of Houston is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute following the discovery.

“No further information is available for release at this time,” she said in an email.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, Douangphachanh was driving 65 mph, in a 75 mph zone, and not allowing a tractor-trailer to merge when he caught a deputy’s attention around 1 p.m.

Deputies say when they pulled him over east of Route 66 Casino, the car smelled like pot and Douangphachanh was “visibly nervous and shaking.”

When asked why he wasn’t going the speed limit, Douangphachanh told the deputy the “speed limit keeps changing.”

“This did not make sense to me,” a deputy wrote in the complaint.

According to the complaint, Douangphachanh was given a “warning” for the speeding and then asked by a deputy why the car smelled like marijuana.

Douangphachanh told deputies there wasn’t any pot in the vehicle but eventually gave permission to search and they found 128 pounds of weed individually wrapped as well as 383 cartridges of cannabis oil.

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