by Ivan Foley
A Christmas-sized load of marijuana was taken off the streets in Platte County after a traffic stop that was initiated for a lane violation.
Police say 152 vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana weighing more than 187 pounds was found inside an SUV. The marijuana was found inside several large duffle bags, three plastic musical instrument cases, one large drum and one cardboard box.
The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. on Thursday, a patrol deputy from the Platte County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle traveling Eastbound on Interstate 435 near NW Cookingham Drive for alleged traffic violations.
Authorities say during the car stop, the deputy noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and that the driver, later identified as Tamaras O'Shea Abrams, age 47, from Arcata, Calif. was extremely nervous.
A canine was used to check the vehicle and a subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of the high grade marijuana, authorities allege.
Abrams was arrested and transported to the Platte County Detention Center on suspicion of narcotics trafficking and currently remains in custody. She is charged with a felony of possessing to distribute/deliver a controlled substance. Bond is set at $50,000 cash only.
According to court documents, in the interview room with detectives Abrams told authorities the marijuana weighed “150 pounds.” She then asked for her attorney. Authorities allege, according to court documents, as detectives were leaving the interview room, Abrams said: “I was only doing it so I could purchase a farm."