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Three men arrested on marijuana charges

November 05, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Two Massachusetts men and one New Jersey man remained jailed Thursday following a Wednesday traffic stop that led to the seizure of more than 100 pounds of marijuana, court records state.

Ramon L. Peguero, 24, of Lawrence, Mass.; Remegio A. Oliver, 30, of Bayonne, N.J.; and Evans P. Mehciz, 25, of Boston were each charged with possession of, possession with intent to distribute and possession to distribute a large amount of marijuana and importing a controlled dangerous substance into the state, records state.

Maryland State Police allege that 108 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $120,000, was found Wednesday in a rental vehicle the men were traveling in on northbound Interstate 81, near U.S. 40. Police said a trooper detected several discrepancies in the rental agreement for the vehicle and a very strong odor of cologne coming from the interior.

Police allege a trained K-9 dog, "Bruno," was taken to the scene and alerted police to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Four large bails of marijuana were discovered in the cargo area of the vehicle, police alleged.

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Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II set bond at $150,000 during hearings Monday for Mehciz and Oliver, according to records. France set bond at $200,000 for Peguero, records state.

The men were being held at the Washington County Detention center Thursday evening, a detention center spokesman said.

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