Police make $1.1M pot bust in Snellville
332 pounds of marijuana, $70K in cash, weapons, vehicles seized

SNELLVILLE - Police seized a stack of processed marijuana this week that weighed more than all but two Atlanta Falcons players.

Tipped off after a routine traffic stop, police netted 332 pounds of pot worth $1.1 million in a Snellville bust Tuesday.

Gwinnett and Snellville police also seized $70,000 in cash, two vehicles and weapons they believe were part of the drug operation.

Police charged Courtney Keise, 38, and AnnMarie Parker, 33, both of Snellville, with one count of trafficking marijuana.

Keise is also charged with giving a false name and information, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Snellville police said. He is wanted in New York state for a parole violation, police said.

Both suspects are held without bond in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

A Snellville officer initially stopped Keise after clocking him speeding in the Hickory Hills subdivision.

"Immediately, (the officer) noticed an odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle and called for assistance," said Snellville Police Department Chief Roy Whitehead.

According to Whitehead, officers found two ounces of "shake," or marijuana residue, in the bed of Keise's 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. Police searched a hidden compartment in the Avalanche and produced a TEC-9 machine pistol, said Whitehead.

Officers proceeded to Keise's residence on Green Estates Way, where the vehicle was registered. There they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence and secured a search warrant with Gwinnett police.

The large amount of marijuana was found in the home's garage, said Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman D.P. Schiralli.

In addition to the pot and money, police seized an SKS assault rifle and a Chevrolet Tahoe at the residence.

"This effort proves how vital the willingness to look beyond the (traffic) ticket is," said Whitehead.

Whitehead said the bust is the biggest for his department since police found 917 pounds of processed marijuana, along with 350 plants, in a grow house and vehicle earlier this year.