Airport police, Highway Patrol seize 49,000 grams of marijuana

CREDIT: Columbus Airport police, Twitter

COLUMBUS (WCMH) –A Washington State man was arrested at John Glenn International Airport after authorities say they busted him with several suitcases filled with drugs.

It was in the United Airlines baggage claim area where airport police, highway patrol and the DEA spotted Clarence Jackson picking up several pieces of luggage they say were full of marijuana.

Airport police say they routinely use a narcotics K9 to sniff baggage coming into and out of John Glenn International airport. In this case, court documents show authorities were tipped, possibly leading to a further search of specific pieces of luggage.

Police said they are still looking for another man whose name was on some of the suitcases.

On Wednesday, investigators said Jackson and the other man flew to Columbus on United Airlines from San Francisco with a stopover in Denver. Police said in the bust they recovered nearly 108 pounds of what they believe is marijuana stuffed in four different suitcases.

Investigators say the marijuana was in 101 vacuum-sealed bundles. Jackson is being held in the Franklin County Jail with a $100,000 bond. He faces one count of felony possession of drugs.

Jackson will be back in court on March 3 at 9 a.m. NBC4 will bring you further information as it develops.

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