Deputies seize $143,000 of pot during Kansas traffic stop

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Courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office Courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office
Ryan Cullen (photo of Maritza Ortega not available) Ryan Cullen (photo of Maritza Ortega not available)
SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Kansas authorities have arrested a man and woman from Colorado after finding 32 pounds of marijuana in their SUV. 

At around 11:15 p.m., a deputy stopped a Dodge Durango for a lane violation on I-70 northwest of Salina. Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan told KSAL the deputy noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana. 

A search revealed 32.2 pounds of pot packaged for sale, with an estimated street value of $143,000. 

Deputies arrested 22-year-old Ryan Cullen, of Aurora, and 43-year-old Maritza Ortega, of Centennial. They were booked for possession with intent to distribute. 

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