New Mexico State Police Seizes 580 Pounds Of Marijuana Inside Home Depot Boxes At Gallup Port Of Entry Friday

NMSP discovered 495 vacuumed sealed packages of Marijuana concealed inside 20 Home Depot boxes Friday in the trailer of a CMV at the Gallup Port of Entry. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

GALLUP – At approximately 4 p.m. Friday, July 31, the New Mexico State Police conducted a safety cab inspection on a 2014 Freightliner Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) at the Gallup Port of Entry west of Gallup.

During the inspection, officers discovered 495 vacuumed sealed packages of Marijuana. The packages were concealed inside 20 Home Depot boxes in the trailer of the CMV. The total amount of Marijuana seized weighed 580 pounds.  

The driver, Binyam Habtamu Getahun, 36, of Alexandria, Va., and the co-driver, Mazemr Abebe Belayneh, 64, of Snellville, Ga., were both arrested. They were booked into the McKinley County Detention Center without incident.

Getahun and Belayneh were charged with: 

  • Possession of Marijuana with intent to Distribute, 30-31-22 (A), a 3rd Degree Felony contrary to NMSA 1978
  • Possession of Marijuana, 30-31-23 (A), a 4th Degree Felony contrary to NMSA 1978.

NMSP confiscate 495 vacuumed sealed packages of marijuana Friday concealed inside 20 Home Depot boxes in the trailer of a CMV. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP discover 495 vacuumed sealed packages of marijuana concealed inside these 20 Home Depot boxes in the trailer of a CMV. The total amount of marijuana seized weighed 580 pounds. Courtesy/NMSP

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