Police find 18,000 pounds of suspected pot during Oklahoma traffic stop

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PAWHUSKA, Okla. (KAKE) -

Federal authorities are investigating after 18,000 pounds of suspected marijuana were found in a semi trailer in northeast Oklahoma.

Pawhuska police pulled over the 18-wheeler for running a red light early Wednesday morning. A search of the trailer uncovered numerous boxes filled with marijuana. 

“That is a large amount," said Pawhuska Police Chief Rex Wikel. In fact, it was more than nine tons. 

KTUL reports police are calling it one of the largest drug busts in the town's history, and it may not have happened had the driver simply paid attention at a stoplight.

Police say the rig was heading from Kentucky to Colorado. 

Wikel told the local paper the material being in the truck had field-tested positive for marijuana, but he said industrial hemp can do that. Officers found paperwork that listed Illinois, Kansas and Texas as states to be avoided.

According to KOKI, four people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trafficking. Federal officials said they will have to research to see if they will take the case and pursue charges for transporting across state lines.

One of the suspects said they run a legal company that makes medicine from marijuana.

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