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48 pounds of marijuana found during traffic stop, police say

BRASELTON - An Oct. 25 traffic stop on Interstate 85 resulted in the seizure of more than 48 pounds of marijuana and nearly $5,000 in cash

According to a Braselton police report, Pablo Villagomez Gomez, 22, of Rockingham, N.C., was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe on I-85 north and was pulled over for a window tint violation and failure to maintain a lane.

Gomez did not have a valid driver's license or insurance card, the report said.

After an officer asked Gomez to step out of the vehicle, the officer noticed a bulge in Gomez's pocket and found $4,990 in cash wrapped in a rubber band, the report said.

After a search of the SUV, the officer found about 48 pounds of marijuana in 33 plastic bags inside the vehicle, the report said.

The marijuana's value is estimated at about $115,000.

Gomez and his passenger, Mauricio Marroquin, 27, also of Rockingham, N.C., were arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana.

Gomez is also charged with driving with no license and no insurance.

The men told the officer they were headed to Greenville, S.C., from somewhere in Atlanta.