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Man allegedly tried to smuggle 50 pounds of marijuana through Bob Hope Airport

May 22, 2010 |  8:15 am
A 31-year-old man who police said tried to smuggle more than 50 pounds of marijuana in checked luggage pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges Friday.

After his plea in Burbank Superior Court, Clarence Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y., was taken to a Los Angeles County jail facility, where he is being held on $75,000 bail.

Officers arrested Williams at Bob Hope Airport on Wednesday night after one of his two suitcases triggered an alarm as it passed through screening devices, police said.

Transportation Security Administration agents checked the contents and discovered dozens of bags, each containing about one pound of a green, leafy substance that resembled marijuana, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.

“Each bag was hermetically sealed so as to prevent the odor from escaping,” he said.

Airport authorities checked airport logs and linked the suitcase to Williams, who was scheduled to depart for New York City. Airport police contacted Williams about 8 p.m., and he consented to a search of his carry-on bag.

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--Christopher Cadelago