published Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Two New Mexico men charged in Jackson County drug bust

Two men from Albuquerque, N.M, were arrested Monday by Stevenson, Ala., police and charged with drug offenses, a news release states.

Officers stopped a van bearing New Mexico temporary plates on Highway 72 for a traffic violation, according to the release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

During the stop police Officer Sammy Smith requested assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. After that unit arrived, canine “Luke” hit on the vehicle, indicating the presence of controlled substances, authorities said.

A search was made and three pill containers containing “hydroponic” marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.

Jason Russell Zubia, 42, and Charles Allen Torres, 26, both of Albuquerque, were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana 2nd degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, the release states.

Each man remains in the Jackson County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

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