Expensive Haul: seized high-grade marijuana

Detective Don Blankenship, left, and Tom Pracht, a reserve county deputy, inspect some of the high-grade marijuana seized Monday afternoon. Both officers are assigned to the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit. Two men en route from California to New York were arrested in the case. Authorities said the high-grade marijuana had a street value of about $100,000.

Two men accused of smuggling a quantity of high-grade marijuana were arrested Monday by Franklin County narcotics officers.

Investigators seized  more than 30 pounds of marijuana said to have a street value of between $90,000 and $100,000.

The men, ages 34 and 26, were taken into custody on a parking lot in St. Clair after they avoided a drug interdiction checkpoint on Interstate 44, east of St. Clair, according to Cpl. Scott Briggs of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit. 

See Wednesday's Missourian for the complete story.