Man arrested after highway patrol officer finds 49 pounds of pot in car

Just a week after two women were arrested on Interstate 40 and charged with transporting more than 200 pounds of marijuana, highway patrol officers charged a man with possessing almost 50 pounds of the drug.

Ines Payan, 62, address unknown, was arrested Saturday night following a traffic stop in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the Beale Street intersection, Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Mike Huggins said.

After the traffic stop, Huggins' canine partner Mirza alerted DPS officers to 49 pounds of marijuana.

The drugs were concealed under a false floor of a minivan, Huggins said.

More expensive drugs like cocaine are usually found under elaborate falsified floors of vehicles, he added.

Payan was charged with transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia, all felonies, Huggins said.

He was booked into Mohave County Jail on $10,000 bond.

On May 4, a 21-year-old Atlanta woman and a 17-year-old Los Angeles girl were driving from Los Angeles to Atlanta when DPS officers stopped their van because of an unsafe lane change on I-40 in Kingman.

The women were arrested after officers found 220 pounds of marijuana concealed in luggage.

They were charged with the same felonies.

The 21-year-old woman is in custody on a $50,000 bond.