Man attempts to transport over 14 lbs. of pot from CO to AL

Updated: Apr. 21, 2016 at 6:46 PM CDT
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ELBERT COUNTY, CO (WAFF) - An Alabama man was arrested in Colorado for trying to transport over 14 pounds of marijuana back to the state.

An Elbert County Sheriff's Office Investigator pulled over Matthew Williams, 24 of Killen, for speeding in Elbert County, CO on April 12.

Deputies say Williams admitted to having a small amount of marijuana concentrate and driving an uninsured vehicle.

A K-9 unit then alerted the investigator to more marijuana was in the trunk of the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant.

While searching the vehicle, authorities found 226.31 ounces of marijuana and marijuana concentrate. The street value in Colorado equals $54,769.28 but in Alabama the same amount has a street value of $77,160.39.

Williams was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. He admitted to authorities that he was on his way back to Alabama.

Sheriff Heap with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office released the following statement:

The Elbert County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement across Colorado continue to deal with drug tourism, where individuals visit our communities with the intent of purchasing federally illegal drugs and returning to their respective State; our community is experiencing increases in drugged driving, traffic accidents, thefts and burglaries associated with pot tourism a.k.a. drug trafficking. In 2012, Elbert County was one of 31 Colorado Counties that voted against legalized marijuana and has a moratorium on commercial marijuana activity. Deputies and Investigators will continue to target traffickers not only prevent criminal activity in Elbert County, but prevent the transportation and sale of marijuana in surrounding states.

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