17 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized From Hotel Room

SELMA – Selma Police seized 17.3 pounds of suspected marijuana and $2,943 in cash after being called to a local hotel Friday afternoon. Police were dispatched to the LaQuinta Hotel on Outlet Center Drive for a report a patron who rented a non-smoking room was smoking marijuana in the room and refused to leave.

Officers arrived at the third-floor room and encountered two people. One person fled down a stairwell and escaped.  A second person, identified as Toribio Samuel, 45, of Brooklyn, NY, allegedly had several packages of marijuana in plain sight in the room. 

Police reportedly seized 3 packages of marijuana on a desk, 13 packages in a black duffel bag, drug paraphernalia and cash.  A search of Samuel’s rental car yielded a small amount of marijuana.

Samuel was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was held on a $50,000 secured bond at the Johnston County Jail.


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