Police searching for suspects in marijuana find

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer

Police are searching for multiple suspects they believe were attempting to transport a large quantity of marijuana on a passenger bus.

Clovis Police discovered more than 54 pounds of pre-packaged marijuana in two suitcases Monday afternoon at the Greyhound Bus Station on Pile Street.

The estimated street value of the drugs in New Mexico is between $38,000 and $72,000 depending on how it was sold, according to police.

Police said suitcase tags indicated the bags originated in Clovis, and Kentucky was the final destination.

Police described the prime suspect as a light-skinned black male about 30 to 40 years old, according to Detective Roman Romero. The suspect was last seen with the bags at the bus station by employees and travelers, but left as police arrived, Romero said.

Police have at least two leads and a handful of suspects, Romero said.

A bus station employee called police at about 4:15 p.m. Monday to report “a black bag due to go out on the bus with a strong odor of marijuana and requests an officer to check the bag,” according to police reports.

Based on the reaction of K-9 drug dogs, police searched the bags and found the drugs among other items in the suitcase.

Romero said police were trying to obtain fingerprints from the packaged marijuana.

Romero said it was the largest find of pre-packaged pot that he could remember.