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Marijuana Seized in Sanford; 3 Men Arrested

Posted January 29, 2008

— Three men were facing charges in connection with a drug bust in Sanford.

About 2,400 pounds of marijuana were found Friday at a storage facility at 1144 White Hill Road, Lee County Chief Deputy Randall Butler said. The pot was valued at $5.8 million.

Thomas Beltran Ayala, 32, Auturo Celis Elizalde, 27, and Hector Javier Rivera-Lomas, 28, were arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana, Butler said.

The men were held Monday night under $1 million secured bond.


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  • uncfan89 Jan 29, 2008

    these busts keep happening in Sanford, because Lee County has a great sheriff who is doing his job and getting these criminals off the streets!!!!!

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Jan 29, 2008

    Singlelensreflex - STOP IT - YOU'RE KILLING ME =)

  • Timbo Jan 29, 2008

    He was shot by another cop, pay attention.

  • yukonjohn3 Jan 29, 2008

    No, the "do gooders" up here wanted to make sure it was ILLEGAL, so we had an election (as we do up here about any law we want changed) and it was recriminalized. Our legislature, in its wisdom, said OK, we will assign a penalty for it....as long as you possess less than a HALF POUND it is pretty much like a traffic ticket!! We also have the STRONGEST PRIVACY clause in our Constitution in the nation!! Our right to privacy in our own homes outweighs law enforcements right to burst our door down for almost anything!! Drugs are not prosecuted in most cases if they are for private consumption. Where most of the drug bust are made here are in traffic stops, and the trooper smells marijuana and cites the driver. It is not much of a penalty, but it is a citation none the less...LOL It makes for a MUCH BETTER relationship between our citizens and our state Troopers!! They like it better, as do we!

  • Supie Jan 29, 2008

    Hey, YukonJohn, is it still legal in Alaska to grow and posess as much mariuana as a person can consume in one year?

  • Supie Jan 29, 2008

    I love the way culture has changed over the years to where the reporters are calling marijuana "pot". Next headline "Doobies Discovered" ...

  • yukonjohn3 Jan 29, 2008

    Thomas Beltran Ayala, 32, Auturo Celis Elizalde, 27, and Hector Javier Rivera-Lomas, 28, were arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana, Butler said.

    Enough said, but they really ARE only a drop in the perverbial bucket!!! There are people standing in line, or maybe it is wading the Rio Grande, to take their place!!! Wake up America, keeping drugs illegal is NOT WORKING!!!

  • yukonjohn3 Jan 29, 2008

    Well, my first comment did not get by the censors, and I dont really know why. Maybe they should tell you what you said wrong as to why they wont display it. DRUGS WILL NOT GO AWAY!! There are 100 people to replace these three. This is probably not even the tip on the iceberg!! Legalization will take the money out of it, and thus reducing the motivation to move so much of it up here. The demand has not changed in 50 yrs., unless maybe more than it used to be. There will always be someone to supply it as long as the profits remain so high!

  • FatCat Jan 29, 2008

    Ahhhh....WRAL fixed the story...it's ONLY Twenty Four HUNDRED pounds now...not Twenty Four THOUSAND, as was originally reported. So divide all my numbers by 10!


  • FatCat Jan 29, 2008

    More math on 24,000 pounds...I'm gonna guess there's about 8 pounds in a cubic foot of pot, maybe a tad more. So 24,000 pounds would be 3,000 cubic feet. An average bedroom in an average house is about 10x10x8, which is 800 cubic feet. That would make 3000 cubic feet just about 4 bedrooms filled wall to wall, floor to ceiling with nothing but pot.

    What is it with Sanford??? These busts seem to often happen in Sanford??