COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (KAKE) - Authorities in southeast Kansas say they have arrested four people and seized guns, cash and 93 pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop last week.

Montgomery County deputies stopped three vehicles Wednesday on U.S. 169 in south Coffeyville for failing to signal when changing lanes. The vehicles had been traveling together and all three drivers are related.

"A K9 handler with Coffeyville Police Department arrived on scene and advised one of the drivers that he was going to use his Police Service Dog (PSD) to conduct a free air sniff around the outside of the vehicle they were driving," Coffeyville police said. "The driver, who was later identified as 62-year-old James Field of Tulsa, Oklahoma, told the K9 Handler there was a large amount of marijuana inside of his vehicle."

Deputies searched the Field's vehicle and found a handgun and five 50-gallon trash bags full of marijuana. Deputies arrested him and also had enough evidence to arrest the other two drivers, 30-year-old Paul Dumitrache and 53-year-old Gabriela Eastman, and one passenger, 30-year-old Vania Cisneros. All are from Tulsa.

Detectives and KBI agents searched all three vehicles and located more marijuana, a second handgun and over $24,000 in cash.

"Detectives and Agents determined the weight of marijuana to be 93 pounds with a street value of $93,000.00," Coffeyville police said.

Field and Dumitrache were booked for: 

  • Distribute certain hallucinogenic greater than 1 kilogram
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia w/intent to manufacture/plant/cultivate controlled substance
  • No drug tax stamp for marijuana or controlled substance
  • Criminal use of weapons; possession of firearm by person addicted/use of a controlled substance

Eastman and Cisneros were booked for: 

  • Distribute certain hallucinogenic greater than 1 kilogram
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia w/intent to manufacture/plant/cultivate controlled substance
  • No drug tax stamp for marijuana or controlled substance

Montgomery County Sheriff Ron Wade issued the following statement:

“I am very proud of my Deputies, Detectives, the KBI agents, Coffeyville Police Department, for their efforts and hard work with these traffic stops. They were able to seize a very large amount of controlled substance that was being illegally transported across state lines. Their efforts halted an illegal sale of marijuana that had the potential to affect a community somewhere. This is just a fraction of what is being transported through our county to different parts of Kansas and other states. The Sheriff’s Office is lucky to have a crew of detectives and deputies that work hard to fight this never-ending battle of illegal narcotics and controlled substances in our community. I am very thankful for their hard work and willingness to work with other agencies to protect and serve. Let this be a warning to the drug dealers out there, this crew of men and women are on high alert and actively searching for the illegal narcotics you are bringing into and through our community.”