Mother, daughter arrested with 130 pounds of marijuana in car

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Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office

A mother and daughter were arrested after Orange County sheriff's deputies found 130 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of their car. 

Around 9:45 p.m. on Monday, deputies stopped a Toyota Camry on I-40 E near Mebane for a traffic violation. There were two women in the car, Ruth Paez Diaz, 46, and Briann Marie Diaz, 26.

The stop led to an investigation, which the Mebane Police Department and a K-9 investigator assisted with. The K-9 officer alerted officers to the smell of illegal drugs coming from the car.

Authorities then searched the car based on probable cause and found about 130 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $500,000.  

The two women were arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking marijuana each. They are being held at the Orange County Detention Center under $100,000.00 secured bond.