Iowa City police arrested a Kansas man after a traffic stop late Thursday in which officers allegedly found more than 200 pounds of marijuana packed in duffel bags in the man's SUV.
Hugo Alberto Batres-Negrete, 26, of Kansas City, Kan., is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp and keeping a vehicle used to store marijuana.
According to police:
Police stopped Batres-Negrete for a registration violation at 11:54 p.m. at Interstate 80 eastbound near the north Dodge Street exit. Officers searched the red Chevy Suburban and found about 222 pounds, or 100 kilos, of marijuana packaged in four large duffel bags. Batres-Negrete offered conflicting explanations about his travels and the duffel bags.
Police said the pot has an estimated street value of about $222,000.
Batres-Negrete made an initial court appearance on the charges Friday morning and remained in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $30,000 cash-only bond. He faces up to 17 years in prison and $22,500 in fines if convicted on all charges.
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