New Mexico State Police Arrest CMV Driver From California Hauling 204 Pounds Of Marijuana In McKinley County

Six cardboard boxes not listed on the cargo of this CMV contain 204 pounds of marijuana. Courtesy/NMSP

State Police discover 204 pounds of marijuana packed into these cardboard boxes. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

GALLUP — The New Mexico State Police seized 204 pounds of marijuana Nov. 19, from a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) at the Gallup Port of Entry west of Gallup.

During a safety cab inspection conducted by State Police officers on the trailer of the CMV, officers observed six large cardboard boxes inside of the trailer with no markings.

The six cardboard boxes were not listed on the cargo. Officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the area of the cardboard boxes. After a search, State Police officers discovered 204 pounds of marijuana inside the boxes.  

The driver Arthur Ziretsyan, 25, of Van Nuys, Calif. was arrested without incident and booked into the Gallup-McKinley County Detention Center.  

Ziretsyan was charged with:

  • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (Felony); and
  • Possession of Marijuana (Over 8 Ounces) (Felony)