More Than 100 Pounds of Pot Seized in Etowah County

A medical marijuana plant is shown at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- Sheriff's officials in north Alabama have seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana being transported into the state from Mexico during a one-year period.

The Etowah County Sheriff's office has announced 22-year-old Hunter Epps Waters, of Trussville, and 36-year-old Hernandez Soto, of Birmingham have been charged with marijuana trafficking and are being held in the Etowah County Detention Center.

Authorities say Waters was carrying 45 pounds of marijuana at the time of his arrest and Soto was carrying about 50 pounds of the drug.

Police say a third unidentified suspect was carrying 15 pounds of marijuana and will be indicted by a grand jury. It is unclear when the men were arrested or if they have lawyers.

A call to the Etowah County Sheriff's office Thursday was not immediately returned.

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