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Traffic stop leads to marijuana bust
State troopers Kevin Ballew, left, and Jimmy Jones stand next to marijuana they seized Friday.
Troopers busted two drug smugglers with 20 pounds of marijuana in their trunk Friday near the Warren-Van Buren County line.The men, Aaron Cortina, 24, and Herbert D. Torres, 23, both hail from Palm Bay, Fla., and were reportedly returning home following a cross-country trip to Oregon.“Me and trooper Kevin Ballew were set up near the county line on Highway 30 when I clocked their car going 76 mph in a 55 mph zone,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Jimmy Jones, noting he pulled the vehicle over. “I noticed they were acting strangely and something wasn’t right.”Jones said he called for the Warren County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit to check out the vehicle. When K-9 officer Jared Jacobs arrived it wasn’t long before his dog alerted on the trunk area.