Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Two charged with drug trafficking after I-20 stop

Two Georgia men are being held without bond today on drug trafficking charges after the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department's highway safety unit intercepted marijuana with a street value of more than $3 million.

A sheriff's official said this morning that deputies found 1,600 pounds of marijuana in a tractor-trailer rig about noon Monday that was eastbound on Interstate 20 near Leeds. The marijuana was concealed between a load of camping gear and patio furniture in the rig's trailer, officials said.

Deputies believe the marijuana was bound for Atlanta, a major drug trafficking hub, and would eventually be returned to for sale on Birmingham streets. The trailer's two occupants were arrested on charges of trafficking marijuana. The suspects are identified as Antwan Steed, 29, of Lithonia, Ga., and Harold Osgood, 33, of Atlanta.

Sheriff Mike Hale is scheduled to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. about the seizure.

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