YCSO: 3 arrested while transporting pot to Oklahoma

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ASH FORK, Ariz. -- Three people were arrested in Yavapai County this week while allegedly transporting marijuana from California to Oklahoma.

On Thursday, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy stopped a pickup truck heading east on Interstate 40 near Ash Fork.

Inside the vehicle the deputy came across 21-year-old Blong Thao, 25-year-old Nao Thao, and 23-year-old Tou Xiong.

The men claimed that they were heading to Tulsa, Oklahoma from California to spend the week with family.

According to YCSO, the deputy noticed an odor of marijuana inside the truck while speaking with the men.

The deputy also discovered that the truck was rented and due back the next day, which conflicted with their plans.

A narcotics dog was brought in to examine the truck, and YCSO went on to find 22 pounds of marijuana hidden inside three ice chests and a suit case. Deputies also recovered more than $1,800.

YCSO said all three men admitted that they were taking the pot to Oklahoma for sale.

They were subsequently arrested and booked into jail on charges of transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.