The Platte County Sheriff’s Office seized a massive amount of marijuana during a traffic stop last week. According to a press release, a 47-year-old woman from California was in possession of nearly 200 pounds of marijuana inside a 2015 Jeep Compass. The deputy pulled over Tamaras Abrams of Arcata, Calif. for a lane violation on Interstate 435 near NW Cookingham Drive in eastern Platte County.
While speaking with the driver, the deputy noted the smell of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A K-9 unit’s exterior search alerted on the hatch of the SUV.
A further search located 152 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana weighing 187.7 pounds. The contraband was found inside several large duffle bags, three plastic musical instrument cases, one large drum and one cardboard box.
Under questioning, Abrams said the marijuana weighed 150 pounds and then asked for an attorney. As the detective exited the interview, Abrams told him, “I was only doing it so I could purchase a farm,” according to court documents.
Abrams remains in custody at the Platte County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond charged with a felony for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
In recent weeks, there have been numerous large drug busts along area interstates. The week prior, authorities recovered about 60 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle traveling on Interstate 29 near Camden Point, Mo.