• Police investigate semi-truck carrying 18,000 pounds of marijuana

    By: Ryan Love , Sara Hart

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    PAWHUSKA, Okla. - Pawhuska police pulled over at least 18,000 pounds of marijuana in one traffic stop early Wednesday morning.

    Police told FOX23 a semi-truck ran a red light around 3 a.m. when officers pulled the truck over. A white van was following the truck down the road before the traffic stop. One officer said they felt something was not right about the truck.

    Police said the truck was carrying at least 18,000 pounds of marijuana.

    Police said the people driving the truck gave officers a bill of sale for hemp weed but investigators said the document was vague. They told police they were coming from Kentucky and headed to Colorado where recreational marijuana is legal. However, investigators say Colorado state law states that marijuana can only be legally grown and sold within the state.

    Four people were arrested on accusations of aggravated trafficking. The four men involved -- David Dirksen, Andrew Ross, Farah Hassan Warsame, and Tadesse Defugu Deneke -- are charged in connection with trafficking illegal drugs. Dirksen and Ross are also charged with possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

    One of the suspects told FOX23's Sara Hart that they run a legal company that makes medicine from marijuana.

    FOX23 will continue to follow this story.


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