17 ounces of pot, 5 guns seized in I-77 traffic stop

17 ounces of pot, 5 guns seized in I-77 traffic stop

Credit: Iredell County Sheriff's Office

Antonio Martinez

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 11:51 AM

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. -- A traffic stop in Iredell County Thursday led to a big gun and drug bust.

Around 9:45 Thursday morning, deputies initiated a traffic stop of a 1995 Cadillac for following too close on I-77. When officers approached the vehicle, they were greeted with an "overwhelming odor of marijuana" coming from the car. The odor prompted a search of the Cadillac.

Deputies located and seized a cardboard box with 18 glass Mason jars each filled with hydroponic marijuana, totaling 482 grams-- just over a pound-- with a street value of $9,640.

Additionally, officers located and seized three pistols, one shotgun, an SKS assault rifle and about 1000 rounds of ammunition.

On top of the drugs and guns, deputies say they found equipment used in marijuana growing operations, including lights, extension cords, fertilizer, vent tubes and a portable tent.

The driver, 51-year-old Antonio Martinez, of Atlanta, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, carrying concealed weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Martinez was booked in to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.

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